• Unceasing Rejoicing, Prayer, and Thanksgiving

    1 Thessalonians 5:16–18

    Indeed, it is difficult to rejoice always, pray unceasingly, and give thanks in all circumstances. There is a way forward, however, and that is to remember what Christ has done for us and all the promises of God that He ...Read More

  • Doing Good in Response to Evil

    1 Thessalonians 5:15

    Christians are called to go out of their way to do good to all people, even those who plot against us. We do not need to bear with continual abuse, and we are to get the authorities involved when the ...Read More

  • God Is Spirit

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  • Dealing with Troubled People

    1 Thessalonians 5:14

    John Calvin comments that “severity must be tempered with some degree of [leniency], even in dealing with the unruly.” We must show patience to everyone, even those with whom it is hardest to be patient. After all, Christian growth is ...Read More

  • Respecting Church Leaders

    1 Thessalonians 5:12–13

    Respect for church elders is in view primarily in today’s passage, but Paul’s admonitions apply also to deacons and others who exercise leadership roles in the congregation. We must esteem our church leaders in love, not gossiping about them or ...Read More

  • Destined Not for Wrath but for Salvation

    1 Thessalonians 5:9–11

    Growing in holiness today prepares us for the time when we will be perfectly holy in our glorification. And when we pursue holiness, we prove that we belong to Christ and are destined for salvation. All this is grounded in ...Read More

  • How to Wait for Christ’s Return

    1 Thessalonians 5:4–8

    Some people have waited for Christ’s coming by selling everything and heading for the hills to look for Jesus. But that is not how we are to look for Christ. Instead, we are to go about our daily business, fulfilling ...Read More

  • Like a Thief in the Night

    1 Thessalonians 5:1–3

    John Calvin comments, “Believers do not desire to know more than they are permitted to learn in God’s school.“ One of the hardest things to do as a believer is to not try to figure out what God has not ...Read More

  • Spoken Faith in a Risen Lord

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  • Caught Up in the Clouds

    1 Thessalonians 4:17–18

    The doctrine of the return of Christ and the resurrection of the dead is a great comfort to believers. It assures us that life continues after death and that Jesus will by no means fail to punish the impenitent and ...Read More