July 23, 2017: 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: 2:17-19 Much of Paul’s ministry was carried out through writing letters. How lucky we are today that friends are a phone call away - we can even chat face-to-face while thousands of miles apart! Do you take advantage of the technological wonders we have today and use it to further and deeper you relationship with the Lord?