• Love and Self-Control

    1 Corinthians 13:4–5

    Self-control is a Christian virtue that is under attack in our era. The culture and even many churches tell us to indulge ourselves as long as we do not hurt others. But a life of self-indulgence is contrary to the ...Read More

  • Love without Envy or Boasting

    1 Corinthians 13:4

    To love other people rightly, we must work to put the envy in our hearts to death and to develop contentment in our circumstances. It is all right to desire something we do not own as long as it does ...Read More

  • Love Is Essential

    1 Corinthians 13:1–3

    Many people talk a good game about their love, professing to love other people without ever really doing anything to demonstrate it. But true love is shown not in word and talk but in deed and truth (1 John 3:18). ...Read More

  • The Struggle of Unbelief

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  • Paul Prays to See the Thessalonians

    1 Thessalonians 3:11–13

    Our love and holiness are not the basis of our salvation. Only the perfection of Christ can make us stand before God unafraid. Yet, neither will we be saved without growing in love and holiness, for sanctification—growth in grace—is the ...Read More

  • Joy and Thanksgiving

    1 Thessalonians 3:9–10

    Because of Christ’s infinite goodness, the infinite blessings of salvation, and our own finiteness, we will never reach a point where we cannot grow more in our knowledge of the Lord and His work. This will be true even in ...Read More

  • Standing Fast in the Lord

    1 Thessalonians 3:6–8

    It is easy to forget that we are so closely related to other believers that their joy and their faith sustain our own. Consequently, our joy and faith help sustain the joy and faith of other believers. In seeking to ...Read More

  • Paul’s Reason for Sending Timothy

    1 Thessalonians 3:4–5

    Many people think that they are solving the problem of suffering by saying that God has nothing whatsoever to do with evil. But if God is not using evil for our good and His glory, we have no guarantee that ...Read More

  • Timothy’s Visit to Thessalonica

    1 Thessalonians 3:1–3

    Other believers are greatly affected by our example of Christian living, especially when we have played a significant role in their growth in the faith. Our faithfulness is a model for theirs, and our unfaithfulness sets before them a poor ...Read More

  • Of More Value Than Many Sparrows

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