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:
In this passage of Scripture, the apostle Paul talks about the importance of Scripture and how we must let God’s word transform us. I have seen Scripture, when used correctly, transform the world for the better. Unfortunately, I have also seen Scripture used to shame, to judge, to persecute, and to bash those who might be different from us. Scripture is sacred, but I believe that we have to utilize Scripture responsibly to build up God’s kingdom here on earth. How have you seen Scripture used in a positive way? How have you seen Scripture transform your life or the lives of others for the better?
Your steadfast love endures from age to age, O living God, for in Christ you tenderly care for your people. Instruct us in your way of humble service, that we may imitate his saving deeds who humbled himself for our salvation and is now exalted with you in splendor for ever and ever. Amen.