• First Thessalonians Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 1:1

    Paul opens 1 Thessalonians with a greeting expressing grace and peace to the Thessalonians. Indeed, the whole of the Christian life is lived in the grace of God, which produces peace between the Lord and His people. Let us thank God for His grace and His peace this day, and let us seek His peace, endeavoring to live in harmony with other believers, as we show our gratitude for the grace of our salvation. View Resource

  • A Letter to the Thessalonians Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 1-3

    Paul loved the Thessalonians so much he shares not only the Gospel of God but his very life as well (2:8). How much of yourself have you given away to your local church out of love for the people? It is a risk, but follow Paul’s example and strive to be more generous relationally with others, financially, and in the use of your time. View Resource

  • Prayers of Thanksgiving Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

    One commentator notes that Paul’s statement in 1 Thessalonians 1:2–3 shows us that Christian prayer gives first place to thanksgiving to God and to others’ self-interest.Paul thanked the Lord regularly for the Thessalonians and for His good work in them. We should similarly thank the Lord continually for the fruit He produces in others’ lives, asking Him also to increase that fruit. View Resource

  • Signs of Divine Election Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 1:4-5

    John Calvin comments, “The election of God, which is in itself hid, is manifested by its marks—when he gathers to himself the lost sheep and joins them to his flock, and holds out his hand to those that were wandering and estranged from him.” All those who believe the gospel and show evidence of spiritual life can be assured that they have been chosen for salvation and will inherit eternal life. View Resource

  • Affliction and Joy Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 1:6-7

    Disciples are not above their master, so we cannot think that we are above suffering for the sake of God’s kingdom (Matt. 10:24). Jesus and His Apostles suffered, and we must be willing to do the same. As we trust the Lord, we will even find ourselves rejoicing in our sufferings for the gospel, as the Holy Spirit works joy and endurance in the hearts of His people to make them persevere through the pain, looking to the coming glory (Rom. 8:18). View Resource

  • The Respected Thessalonians Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 1:8-10

    The gospel is the saving truth of God that we must believe, and once we believe, the gospel moves us to love others and serve them for the sake of Christ. John Calvin comments that “the doctrine of the gospel tends to this, that it may induce us to serve and obey God.” Proof that the gospel is doing its work in our lives is that we desire more and more to obey God through Jesus Christ. View Resource

  • Paul’s Pure Motives Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 2:1-4

    One commentator, writing about 1 Thessalonians 2:4, says that if we are focused on pleasing God, pleasing the world will not be all that important to us. As Christians, we are called to share the true gospel because our hearts are truly dedicated to Christ and want to please Him. Let us seek to please God no matter the cost. View Resource

  • Paul’s Honesty and Gentleness Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 2:5-8

    Greed and flattery are particularly unbecoming in the character of an ordained minister of the gospel. However, laypeople are warned against these vices as well. Let us pray that the Lord will increase in us the courage to say what is true when it needs to be said and to avoid an inordinate love for the things of this world. View Resource

  • Paul’s Labor and Blamelessness Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 2:9-10

    Those who labor in preaching and teaching God’s Word may voluntarily give up their right to financial support, but churches and Christians must not force them into a bivocational situation by withholding support when they are able to pay them. Let us strive to make sure that those who work in gospel ministry can earn a living from their labors through our tithes and offerings. View Resource

  • A Manner Worthy of God Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 2:11-12

    We cannot walk in a manner worthy of God under our own power, but we need the Holy Spirit to empower and sustain us in obedience. Our walking is not always evident in great leaps of godliness but shows itself in the steady and slow pace of dying to self and loving God and neighbor day by day. The Lord will certainly enable us to grow in godliness as we seek to walk in a manner worthy of Him. View Resource

  • God’s Word at Work Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 2:13

    The word of God at work in the Thessalonians (1 Thess. 2:13) was the message Paul preached to them. This indicates a close connection between the Spirit of God and the preaching of the Word of God. It is vital for us to sit regularly under the faithful preaching of God’s Word by appointed elders, pastors, and teachers because that is where the Lord regularly chooses to do His work. View Resource

  • Paul’s Longing to See the Thessalonians Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 2:17-18

    If we truly trust in Christ, we will seek to spend time with other Christians. And if we want to spend time with fellow believers, our enemy will also do what he can to stand in the way of this fellowship. Frequently, it takes effort to visit with other Christians face-to-face, but it is an effort we should make. When we meet together, we build one another up and encourage one another to persevere in faith. View Resource

  • Paul’s Crown of Boasting Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 2:19-20

    God will not overlook our faithfulness in sharing the gospel and building up others in the faith. On the day when Christ judges the earth, those whom we have influenced for good spiritually will be a testimony to our faith, and the Lord will reward us accordingly. View Resource

  • Timothy’s Visit to Thessalonica Devotional

    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 example that they might be encouraged to imitate. We seek to follow Christ faithfully because He has commanded us to do so, but also so that we can be a good influence on other believers. View Resource

  • Paul’s Reason for Sending Timothy Devotional

    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 our suffering will not derail His plans or that it has any meaning. Since the Lord is sovereign even over suffering, we can be confident that there is a good purpose behind all the pain we endure, even if we cannot see that purpose now. View Resource