1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

I'd like to make several posts as I work my way through 1 Thessalonians and comment on the text. This is normally how I journal as I read through passages in my own devotion time. I'm currently doing that with the books of Samuel. I've read through the Bible several times and I highly recommend Bible reading plans if you want to build that discipline in your life. It's good to do at least once in your life. I don't usually recommend doing it every year for a long time. It can easily become a check the box activity and lose intimacy. As always, consult the Holy Spirit before deciding!

Right away, I see how Paul portrays a kingdom mindset with his greeting. 1 Thes 1:2-3 (ESV)"We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." He is encouraging these believers and at the same time setting an example for them and us. Can you hear the grace, kindness, and otherness in his words? Can we say we have the same kingdom focus wanting God's best of others? Paul and his companions lift up these believers in prayer continually. They were praising God for the work being done in these communities. I get the feeling Paul took his servant role in the kingdom seriously. I'll admit I'm a little hesitant to even ask God to help me follow this example. We can all be more focused on others and the work of the kingdom. How exceedingly greater is that work above anything else we can do in this life? I can only ask the Holy Spirit to be patient with me and renew my mind. He is ever patient and loving. He walks with me and is making me more like Christ every day.

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