Excerpt from the message delivered during Friday worship – 27 Oct 2017
Greetings to you all in the precious name of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ.
In the book of Thessalonians, Apostle Paul reminds us the importance of Love. In 1 Thessalonians, chapter 1 Paul testifies Thessalonians on their faith, hope & love.
He says that Paul, Silas and Timothy always thank God for all of Thessalonians and continually mention them in their prayers for three specialties about church of the Thessalonian.
- Their work produced by their faith
- Their labor prompted by love
- Their endurance inspired by hope in Lord Jesus Christ
We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.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. 1 Thessalonians 1: 2-3
Apostle Paul wrote to Corinthians as below:
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
In this scripture we can see that all the three elements are equally important – faith, hope and love. But the greatest of all these is love. It doesn’t mean that other two are less important. Here Apostle Paul tries to establish the fact that faith and hope will stay till the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Whatever we believe with our faith now, will be visible and experienced when Jesus come back. Our Hope is the 2nd coming of our Lord. Hence faith & hope finishes with the second coming of Lord.
However, love stays even after that. Even in eternity our love to our God remains. Hence he says, of all three faith, hope and love – Love is the greatest.
In verses 1 Thessalonians 1: 6, we can see:
You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 1: 6
In the scripture, we can see that church of Thessalonians, had to go through major sufferings and crisis. However, they remained faithful to God and accepted suffering with joy given by Holy Spirit. It is a message for each one of us. Even in the midst of troubles and sufferings, we should not run away from the love of God. We should have endurance by hope in Lord Jesus Christ.
Again, in Chapter 2, verses 13 we see how the church of Thessalonians received the word of God.
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2: 13
As they accepted the word of God not as human, but as word of God itself, the word of God worked in who all believed. As long as word of God remains just as scripture, it cannot produce results. But once those who believe take the scripture as word of God, it will start working for those who believe with strength and Holy Spirit.
Towards the end of chapter 3, Paul reminds how to Love and stay blameless and holy in the presence of God.
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. 1 Thessalonians 3: 12-13
Dear brothers and sisters, as Paul says, let us love each other and stay blameless as Love is eternal and stays even through our eternity.
May God bless you all.
Pr. Alex John
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