1 Thessalonians 3:4-8
In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless. But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you. Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.

When we take a stand for Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we go against the grain of this world and against Satan who is like a roaring lion, waiting to devour people (1 Peter 5:8). Paul reminds us of the reality of persecution but that is not the point of God’s message to us today. When Paul, Timothy and Silas were being persecuted, they were concerned that the Thessalonians would start to lose their faith and drift away from God. The fact that sincere followers of Christ were not blessed but rather were being attacked constantly would cause anyone who believed in Christ to doubt if their faith was rightly placed. Is this what you have experienced or witness in other believers? What is God’s response to this?

As you can note from Timothy’s feedback to Paul, the Thessalonians were not discouraged but instead full of faith and love. They had good memories of them and were longing to see them again. That was only possible because their faith was correctly placed. When we fully understand God’s calling in our lives and are willing to follow Jesus, we know that we will be persecuted just as He was for our faith in Him. Therefore when we suffer or see other christians suffer, we know that it is our responsibility to pray for them and our Lord and Savior is in complete control. When I think of suffering, I praise God because through suffering, our faith is strengthened and our desire for God is intensified. Lets not be shaken and tossed like the people of this world because our God is bigger than the little storms in our lives and our lives are secured by Christ’s resurrection.

In His Loving Service,

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

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  1. Dr.Priya Rajan says:

    Great writing, undoubtedly the best of posts….. Even at times of persecution the holy spirit will never let us down, all we need to do is praise and say thanks at all times….
    When God loves us he teaches us many things we may not be able to know the reasons behind certain things and happenings in our life, but still we have to trust God, even during
    trials in life….just surrender with a smile, else with tears, for we all know he is our dear creator and will never forsake us.
    One beautiful word in this world could be… ‘I LOVE JESUS’.

  2. Vineet, Jesus did warn us that we would face persecution and trouble in this world, but that He has overcome the world. I love how you have shown the faith of the Thessalonian church and Paul’s concern that his persecution would lead to them falling away. But God is good, and He sustained the church and strengthened them. May He do the same for us as we see the persecution of Christians around the world. Peace, Linda

  3. Vineet! what a help you are, a strengthener! At times I send letters to those who are persecuted and I struggle with what to say. Now I can know to respond with faith and love like the Thessalonians did when Paul was persecuted! 🙂 Thank you so much! Blessings and prayers for you and yours! deb

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