Walk worthy of God who hath called you

1 Thessalonians 2:1-16

This is the first of the apostles epistles, and was probably written by him from Corinth, when, having left Athens, he was joined by Silas and Timothy. Paul had founded the church at Thessalonica, and it had greatly flourished, but it had been subject to much persecution, hence he treats largely upon the second advent as affording the richest consolation to tried saints. The passage we shall read gives us a lovely picture of the apostles earnestness for the good of souls, and it furnishes us with a grand example of how we also in our measure should serve the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 2:3, 4

If the preacher of the word be not bold and truthful he cannot expect a blessing. A trustee of the gospel must be faithful to his charge.

1 Thessalonians 2:7, 8

Gentleness wins far more than severity. Many will be led who will not be driven.

1 Thessalonians 2:7, 8

If we would do good to others we must be willing to sacrifice ourselves. Selfishness and soul-winning never go together. Love is power. What are we doing for our neighbours? Have we an affectionate concern for their eternal welfare? If not, how can we hope that we are ourselves converted?

1 Thessalonians 2:9-12

Holy living is the great end of preaching. Hearing is nothing if it does not lead to this.

1 Thessalonians 2:13, 15

They had no love either for God or men. It is said of them that they would not even point out the way to a person of a different religion. Their bigotry had destroyed their humanity.) Nothing is more hardening to the heart than religious pride, it is the death of love.

1 Thessalonians 2:16

Men cannot oppose the gospel without incurring great guilt. If they reject the Saviour who saves to the uttermost, they bring upon themselves “wrath to the uttermost,” and that must be terrible indeed. May none of us bring such a doom upon our own heads.

 

Give tongues of fire and hearts of love,

To preach the reconciling word;

Give power and unction from above,

Whene’er the joyful sound is heard.

 

Be darkness, at thy coming, light,

Confusion, order in thy path;

Souls without strength inspire with might;

Bid mercy triumph over wrath.

 

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