1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
Food for Thought:
My favorite line in this passage of Scripture is the last line which says, “Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.” The apostle Paul encourages the church at Thessalonica to keep up the good work that they are already doing. Building each other up isn’t the easiest thing for humans to do. Instead, our egos get in the way and we have a hard time praising others for the good things they do. Think of someone that has done something good for you and praise them for it today. Thank God for this person’s presence in your life.
Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation
and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion, open our minds in love, open our hands to freely bless others. In your holy and precious name we pray, Amen.