Thursday, November 27, 2008

Comfort and Peace

November 27: 1 & 2 Thessalonians

16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
2 Thessalonians 2:16, ESV


For not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful. . . . 5 May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
2 Thessalonians 3:2b-3a, 5 & 16, ESV

Comfort and Peace

The Apostle Paul certainly knew how to challenge the early Christians when he believed they were wrong, and yet, he also spoke some of the most comforting words of encouragement to the new believers.

In the United States this is the Thanksgiving holiday season; as we ponder our lives as Christians, we truly have much for which we are thankful. But what of unbelievers? Thankfulness should characterize all people, for God's blessings come upon unbelievers as well as believers.

For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful.

There is one major difference, however; it is impossible for unbelievers to know true comfort and peace! Why is that?

All mankind are sinners from conception! That sin separates them from God. As long as that great gulf between man and God exists, no true comfort or peace is possible. However, when a sinner comes to Christ, the Bible tells us that he is a new creature; old things have passed away and all things have become new.

One of those "new" things is peace with God; comfort and peace are gifts from God to His children.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

As I think of this Thanksgiving season, my prayer to you is expressed by Paul in 2 Thessalonians 3:16.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.

If you are not a Christian, go to Christ. He will save you now and give you peace at all times and in every way.

God Bless You,
Linda

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