2 Thessalonians 1: 1-12

Paul, Silas[fn] and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters,[fn] and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.

All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.

11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.[fn]

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3 … because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. iii. Spurgeon explained how to get a strong and growing faith: “By that means you are to grow. This is so with faith. Do all you can, and then do a little more; and when you can do that, then do a little more than you can. Always have something in hand that is greater then your present capacity. Grow up to it, and when you have grown up to it, grow more.” This doesn’t feel like “you… Read more »

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Paula Langley

Interesting, in reading in Peter earlier today the statement “always be growing in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior”
I reasoned that only in growing in knowledge cold we grow in grace for others- so the last line fits well here too-
“Grow up to it, and when you have grown up to it, grow more.”
Always growing in Christ 🙂
SOOOO good to be back here with you, I have missed you both
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Bonnie
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Bonnie

Oh my dear and Precious friend Paula, I miss You greatly when You can’t be here!! How ever i always know You would be here if You could!! I totally get how you have Your hands full!! I am so grateful to the Lord for Your friendship!! It brings such joy when You are here!! I Love You!! I Thank God for Your friendship!!

Bonnie
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Bonnie

As I read this chapter in God’s Word and then the commentary I felt like I was reading about the strongest Church there was back then!! They were a shining example of major growth (spirituality) while being severely persecuted! They didn’t shrink away, but instead they flourished! In my life there have been a couple times that I felt another person had done me/us a serious wrong!! The Lord comforted me with I much forgive the people!! Because Jesus had forgiven me!! I much forgive!! Even in the pain that these people had cause me/us in emotional and financial harm… Read more »