1 Thessalonians 1
The tone of this book is just so tender. Paul really loves these folks and these folks really love Jesus.
“We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
This group of pagan idol worshipping lost people, God loves them and sent Jesus to die for them.
“They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.”
Guess what? God loves them too.
“For we know, brothers and sisters[b] loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.”
Anything written to them is also written to us. Can we accept a loving warm embrace from a God who proclaims his love for us by dying to pay for our sins?
I still have to remind myself that God loves me. It’s not about my behavior but about His commitment to me to love me unceasingly. I don’t get it, I don’t always feel it it but I continue to believe it.
How are you doing with this incredibly good news? Jesus loves us.
(Originally posted 1/26/16)