July 19, 2019
Faith in the face of persecution
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 NIV
Good morning friends!
Grace and peace to you from God our Father. I trust this day finds you well. If you are not well I hope the word for today will lift your spirits.
Paul was writing to the Thessalonians giving thanks for thier faith in times of persecution and affliction. As is customary, he greeted them with Grace and peace!
Note also that the word “imitator” is translated “follower”
Today’s society is full of animosity. Believers are not excepted from all the negativity that is at play in world today. However , we are called to follow Christ, continue in the gospel of salvation, and be joyful in the Holy spirit in spite of persecution.
The Thessalonians stood their ground and became followers of Christ even though they where well aware of the great persecution and affliction Paul and the other believers have been facing. Paul encourage them by giving thanks for thier faith. In the same way, we are encouraged to continue in faith amidst persecution
To suffer with Christ is to reign with him in paradise The affiliations we face today will be of no importance tomorrow, for God is able to bring us to a place of Joy and peace in the Holy Spirit.
Do not be downcast by those who persecute you and say all manner of evil against you
Continue to receive and embrace the he gospel of Christ, keep the faith in the face of affliction and persecution.
Until next week, Grace be with you!