1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 – Like I Love My Children

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 14:11‐16:15, 1 Thessalonians 2:10‐3:13, Psalm 80:1‐19, Proverbs 25:1‐5

Context: Paul is explaining to the church in Thessalonica how he shared the gospel with them. 

Verse that jumped out: 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 “For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.”

Observations:

  • Like a father with his children
    • We exhorted each one of you
    • Encouraged you
    • And charged you
      • To walk in a manor worthy of God
        • Who calls you into his own kingdom and glory

          Asleep in our hotel

Yesterday, I returned from over a week of vacation with my family.  One of the highlights of my trip was watching my daughter sleep in my hotel room on the last night.  As I prayed for her, I cried.  There are very few things that have puts life’s priorities into focus for me like that. 

Apply: I’m reminded that the way I show love to my own daughter is the way I am to show love to the people I minister to.  I need to exhort, encourage, and charge them to walk in a manor worthy of God.

Have you felt this kind of love from someone who is not your parent?

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