Learning Hard Lessons


This sounds like a great verse to share this daybreak, but when you read a big more about the trials that the Thessalonians were facing, and knowing this is that Paul wasn’t exactly welcome there (Acts 17:1-9), the love of God and the endurance of Christ take on new meaning.

For them to know the love of God is also a to know the consistent and painful rejection of your own children, and the heartbreak that love precedes. To know the endurance of Christ is to know the extent to which Christ demonstrated His own love for us by dying on a cross to suffer for the fullest extent of our sins.

These Thessalonians would suffer persecution at the hands of the neighbors, but Paul had already commended them that their love and faithfulness has been an example throughout the Christian world. They were living out the gospel message in the eyes of all. This is what happens when you have the ”doesn’t-quit” love of God and ”won’t quit ’til it’s done” endurance of Jesus. People notice.

Do you stand out among your peers today? I hope so. I pray that people notice you, not for who you are, but for the love and endurance you have for the gospel and for broken people. May you have a blessed day!

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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