Bible Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1.1-10
Paul and Silvanus and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater; therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure. This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering. For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed. 2 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Every time I go over to my in-laws house I cannot help but notice a picture hanging on the wall that says “Gratitude changes everything”. I love that saying and it is a great reminder to me that gratitude is something I have to work really hard at. How about you? What or who are you thankful for today? Pause and give thanks to God for those things right now.
As we see in this text there are several types of people that we are reminded to pray and thank God for:
1. Pray for those you know that are maturing in their faith and loving God well. Pray by name.
2. Pray for those you know that need to grow more in their faith and need to do a better job loving others. Pray by name.
3. Pray for those who have fallen on hard times and need help persevering. Pray by name.
4. Pray for the persecuted church around the globe and missionaries.
5. Finally, pray for God to give you the courage, commitment, passion and love for Christ to continue to serve Him well.
Don’t wait until Thanksgiving to start being thankful, start today. Remember, gratitude changes everything!
Weekly Memory Verse: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23