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Suffering and trials for the sake of Christ are surrounded by rejoicing and joy, but Christ is with us, helping us keep our eyes on the prize.
Paul and his team had boldness to continue to preach the gospel even in the midst of dangerous circumstances and by doing so they destroyed the slanderous accusations brought against them by the Jews and proved to the Thessalonian church that both their ministry and the gospel they proclaimed was credible. With present day stereotypes and slander against Christianity, we too need to show that the gospel is credible and one way is by overcoming our timidity and fear and continuing to share even when circumstances get tough.
In our passage, the Apostle Paul gives a prayer for how our lives ought to be when Jesus matters most. Consider the incredible difference Jesus makes in one’s life!
God has clearly spoken telling us of our need for Christ. Our need is to listen and respond. We need to place our faith in Christ and receive Him as our savior and then follow Him in all of our circumstances. Ones listed in this passage are way more difficult than those that we face. God is with us in all of the challenges we face great or small.
Waiting is rarely easy. When outside pressures push in and finish lines drag on, the virtue of perseverance becomes critical. Peter encourages his readers to add to their faith the virtue of perseverance. He knew this characteristic well: At the end of his rope (2 Pet. 1:15) and hearing mockers deny Jesus' return (2 Pet. 3:3-10), Peter called his readers to press on. Perseverance looks like a steady grip on a solid rope. To develop perseverance one must trust the promises of Scripture, learn patience, and lean into the passion of Jesus, who endured the cross for us (Heb. 12:1-3).
HUPOMONE Endurance To Do God's Will