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Monday, March 31, 2014

Scripture Sunday, Week 8

This is the eighth part of an ongoing series going through 1 Thessalonians. The first part can be found here.

"Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith. Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 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 3:10-13

This section is a bit of prayer. It starts out as a statement, but transitions into lifting up the Thessalonians to the Lord. "Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith." Paul and the others were turning to God with the desire of their heart to help the Thessalonians in their faith, and to see them. These passages make clear that they generally cared and loved their family of the Thessalonian church. I think it was probably reassuring and humbling for the Thessalonians to know that they are being prayed over, and that the power of God was being unleashed their way through the prayers of the apostles so that their faith would lack nothing.

"Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you." This is not the first time that the wish to see the Thessalonians has been expressed in this letter and this makes clear that Paul and the others are working in obedience. If they were only going by their own desires they would be accompanying this letter to Thessalonica, but instead they are praying for God to make the way.

"May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you" I'd loved this prayed over me. I'd love for the Love of God to be my love and to overflow for everyone, as God intends. I think is the will of God for all of us, in all things, and so I pray it over you, readers. Paul and the others also take this time to both affirm their love for the Thessalonians as well include that love in this prayer, that is, if they are sincere in the prayer for the love to be overflowing from the Thessalonians then it follows that the love should also be flowing from the apostles to the Thessalonians.

"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." 'Strengthen your hearts'; the phrase makes me pause. I don't know about you but I've far too often heard Christians, especially evangelical ones, say don't trust your hearts they are deceitful based on Jeremiah 17:9. However other verses in the Bible, such as this one, suggest the role of the heart in man is likely as complicated as the feelings the heart gives us way to experience. This would likely be good fodder for an in depth Bible study on the nature of human's hearts, but for now I am just praying for my own heart to be strengthened, as well as your own, so we can be blameless and holy in God's presence. 

The last part of the last verse in today's selection refers to the Second Coming, reminding us of the truth that this world is temporary. He is Coming again and all this will pass. 

2 comments:


  1. And I pray this for you: "May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else." God bless you!

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  2. Thanks for your prayers and even I pray for you : May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else."

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