Daily Bible Reading “Give Thanks to God for Your Faith and Love” (1 Thessalonians 3:1-13)

Give Thanks to God for Your Faith and Love

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13. This is part of the letter that Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica, which today is the second largest city in Greece. In this chapter Paul talks about the faith of the people. Paul, Silas and Timothy had been driven out of Thessalonica and, when they could no longer stand not knowing how the people were doing; they sent Timothy back to check on the people there.

Paul had ministered to these people and he had great concern for them that they would continue in the faith and not be tempted by the devil to give up on their beliefs. Paul didn’t want the people to be discouraged because of all the trials they had been through.

Trials in our life help us see what is going on in our hearts. When we are going through trying times, it is a time when we can grow even closer to God, if we allow it. We can learn to depend on God and trust Him to see us through the tough times in life. We can’t comfort others unless we have been through some tough times ourselves.

Paul felt comforted when Timothy came back with a good report from the Thessalonians. Timothy let him know they had kept the faith. Paul said he prayed for them day and night. Paul gives thanks to God for them and the joy he had in knowing they were strong in their faith.  They were staying true to the things of God that Paul had taught them.

Daily Bible Reading:

1 Thessalonians 3:1-13

1 Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;
2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:
3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.
6 But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:
7 Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:
8 For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.
9 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;
10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.
12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.


Things to think about:

  • What would it be like to be persecuted because of your faith?
  • How can we make our faith known to others?
  • In what ways can we show charity (love) to other people?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the comfort You give us, especially when we are going through tough times.  Help us to keep the faith and know You work all things out for our good and Your glory. Help us to increase in our love for one another, and toward all people. Establish our hearts to be blameless in holiness before You. We love You, LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “Be Patient” (1 Thessalonians 5:14)

Be Patient

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Thessalonians 5:14 and many other Scriptures.

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men (people)” (1 Thessalonians 5:14).

What does it mean to be patient? How about to be slow to anger, longsuffering, mild-mannered, enduring the trials of this life calmly without complaining. Do you consider yourself to be patient? Who is the most patient person you know?

Being patient is not always easy. I try to be patient, but sometimes my patience gets put to the test. How about you?

There are many Scriptures that refer to the word “patient,” or “patience.”

Ecclesiastes 7:8 – “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” This Scripture lets us know it is better to have a patient spirit than a proud spirit.

Romans 2:7 – “To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:”

Romans 12:10-13 – “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.”

Second Thessalonians 3:5 – “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.” This Scripture reminds us to patiently wait for the return of Christ. Do you ever find yourself anxious in waiting for His return?

First Timothy 3 lists the qualifications of a bishop one of which is to be patient, which is mentioned in 1 Timothy 3:3  – “Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;”

James 5:7-8 – “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”

Luke 8:15 – “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.”

Romans 5:3-5 – “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

I remember hearing the pastor of our church when I was growing up use this Scripture to say don’t pray for patience because in essence you are praying for tribulations since the Scripture says “tribulation worketh patience.” Life does have a way of teaching us patience through all of its trials and tribulations.

Romans 8:24-25 – “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”

Romans 15:4-7 – “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

First Timothy 6:11-12 – “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”

Hebrews 10:36 – “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”

Hebrews 12:1-2 – “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

James 1:3-4 – “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

Second Peter 1:5-9 – “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.”

 

Things to think about:

  • What does it mean to be patient?
  • Do you consider yourself to be patient?
  • If so, why do you consider yourself to be patient?
  • Who is the most patient person you know? Why do you consider them to be so?
  • Which is your favorite Scripture that we shared in this lesson? Why?
  • What are some things that try your patience?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for these Scriptures that remind us to be patient. Help us to be patient. Give us strength in this area. Forgive us of the times when we are not patient. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

Bible Verse for Journaling and Memorization:

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men (people).

– 1 Thessalonians 5:14

 

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