1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
You remember our labor and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless our conduct was toward you believers. As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers.
Food for Thought:
My favorite line from this passage is where the writer describes the attributes of a Christian: pure, upright, and blameless. I don’t know about you, but I all too often fail at these attributes. Instead, I am petty, jealous, and arrogant. One of my favorite lines of Scripture is “how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.” (Luke 6:42). We all too often see the faults of others without seeing our own faults. I encourage you to take a magnifying glass to your own life today and look at those things that you need to work on in your spiritual life.
Life-giving God, heal our lives, that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds and offer you thanks from generation to generation through Jesus Christ our Lord. In your holy and precious name we pray, Amen.