April 6th, 2007
There are a lot of people out there who are quite happy to cause you grief if by doing so they they can hurt the cause of Christ. I’m not talking about people who become justifiably angry at you because your are being insensitive or abusive. I’m talking about people who want to harm you because they want to harm Jesus. There are numerous examples in the New Testament of Paul encountering persecution at the hands of such people, and you may also encounter such people in your life. Unfortunately Jesus didn’t promise us a risk-free and trouble-free existence for his followers. A life filled with faith and hope and love may also be seasoned with a bit of persecution.
Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians — Chapter 1
1:1 From Paul, Silas, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:3 We must always be grateful to God for you, friends, with good reason because your faith is flourishing, and the love of all of you towards each other is growing. 1:4 We boast about you in the churches of God because of your endurance and faith in all your persecutions and in the hardships which you suffer. 1:5 This is a clear sign that God has judged correctly that you will be counted worthy of the Kingdom of God, for which you are suffering, 1:6 and it is just for God to repay with persecution those who persecute you, 1:7 and to give you and us relief from persecution, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire. 1:8 He will punish people who do not know God, and people who do not obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. 1:9 They will pay the penalty: eternal destruction and separation from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power, 1:10 on the day when he comes to be glorified by his followers, and to be admired by all of you who have believed what we told you.
1:11 This is why we constantly pray for you, asking God to make you worthy of your calling, and to give you power to do all the good things that you want to do and every act prompted by faith. 1:12 We pray that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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