July 17, 2016: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for 1 Thessalonians 1-3
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Commentary: Paul begins his letter as he does many of his others: with his traditional greeting and an expression of the thanks. Paul felt it was important to let other know of their importance. It also teaches us to express our feelings, including gratitude, to the Lord. The Thessalonian church had remained steadfast for the Lord in the face of persecution, causing Paul and Silas to rejoice. Paul was extremely concerned for the fledgling church, as he had to leave them suddenly and was unable to spend as much time with them as he would have liked. Paul was happy to receive the good news of the church. Paul encourages the Thessalonians to remain strong in their faith.
Focus Verses: 1:1-3 Why does Paul nearly always begin his letters with an expression of thanks? Why was it important for him to do so? How frequently do you thank people? What can you learn from Paul’s example? How can you apply it to your everyday life?