Love and Affliction
July 5, 2020
1 Thessalonians 3
1 – Caring about a person happens best in a .
Paul’s Relationship with the People of Thessalonica
a – as a would his own children.
b – They also had a relationship with God
“… God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”
c – They left retribution for their afflictions in the hands of God.
1 Thess. 2:15 “they are not pleasing to God…”
1 Thess. 2:16 “… with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them to the utmost.
d – The Ultimate Expression Of Their Relationship
1 Thess. 2:19-20 For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His [z]coming? 20 For you are our glory and joy.
2 – Does having Afflictions Mean having Disapproval from God?
1 Thess. 3:4 4 For indeed when we were with you, we kept telling you in advance that we were going to suffer affliction; and so it came to pass, as you know.
3 – Investing in Relationship results in loving people and caring for them and their eternal souls.
1 Thess. 3:5-9
“For this reason, when I could endure it no longer, I also sent to find out about your faith, for fear that the tempter might have tempted you, and our labor would be in vain.
4 – Pass the Love On To Others
12 and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people,
Jesus speaking about personal relationships: Matthew 5:21-48
1 Thess. 3:12-13
… may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you; 13 so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the [e]coming of our Lord Jesus with all His [f]saints.