LETTERS TO THE CHURCHES - Thessalonians
Read 1 Thessalonians 1 - 3
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 NIV
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Paul began his letter to the church at Thessalonica by saying, “You became imitators of us and of the Lord. In spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.” (1:6-7)
Paul was a model for them and they became a model for other churches. He commended the testimony of these faithful believers by saying, “For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy. (2:19-20)The Bible tells us that we will receive rewards when we get to Heaven and stand in the presence of our Lord. What will those rewards be? I do not know for sure, but I know that it will include the joy of seeing people there – those we have influenced for eternity.
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Lord, I pray that my life will be a light to those around me. Give me a joyful, thankful heart for all of the blessings you have given me and my family. Let us be a model to other believers in faith and obedience, so that they will be our glory and joy in Heaven.
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May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 1 Thessalonians 3:12 NIV