2 Thessalonians 1:3-5
We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.

I was so exhilarated by Paul’s joyous statement to the Church in Thessalonica of their faithfulness to God and ever increasing love for each other. Sounds like a body of believers I would love to be a part of because I often feel it is something we really miss in today’s selfish world. What struck me as odd was his next statement about how the Church persevered in trials and persecution! If we are faithful and growing in love, why would God permit persecution and trials in our lives? Shouldn’t we be blessed with the opportunity to share this same faith and love with those around us and show people what true joy is? What is God speaking to us today through his Word?

To every story there is always a fairytale ending, at least in children’s books. As we grow up, we start to see the brokenness in the world and accept the bleak reality that there are no fairytale endings. In Christ however, there is a fairytale ending and it is more beautiful than any we have seen, heard or read. However, Christ is a fairytale to the world and we as His followers will always be plagued with people trying to shake us out of our misguided faith. This results in persecution and trials and they are not bad because being Christian is being Christ-like and that means living a life that Christ lived and acting and responding like Him. As we share our joy and faith with those around us like the Thessalonians, we will hit resistance and our response shows our faith. Are you suffering persecution and trials in your life because of your faith? May I direct you to the cross to find your hope and joy in Jesus Christ who overcame the world for us.

In His Loving Service,

2 Thessalonians 1:11 To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power

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  1. blesseddad says:

    Great message brother,
    You point out an excellent point, Heaven is the fairytale ending. But that doesn’t mean there will not be badlands, raiders, mockers, and even murderers that stand between us and the fairytale ending. Of course, they are all charges of the evil one sent to break us out of the coccoon of faith that guides us. Faith WILL lead us to that wonderful ending as long as we keep our eyes on the prize, Christ! God Bless brother

    • ServantBoy says:

      Thanks for the encouragement. Yes, the Lord will certainly lead us to His promised fairytale ending when we keep our eyes and lives focussed on Him. That is why I always pray that God will keep us faithful and committed to Him for the rest of our days because that is what matters and not the joys and comforts of this world.

  2. Thank you for directing us to Jesus always! I love to just stop and praise Him, tell Him how much I love Him and thank Him for whatever I can think of when things are tough. Boy does it make a difference. The persecution doesn’t go away, but like you said, the joy flows. And nothing is better than that! 🙂 God bless you and keep you! deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      You are most welcome and I thank you for directing us to Jesus through your beautiful poems and gentle words. We live with a joy that can never be taken away and we are headed for a more beautiful life in Him that this world can never give us. Praise God!!

  3. nigne says:

    thans for great sharing

  4. Heatherhall says:

    This is a nice blog message, I will keep this idea in my mind. If you add more video and pictures because it helps understanding 🙂

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