A Good Testimony

Today we begin with Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians known cleverly as “2” Thessalonians.  It is thought that this letter was written pretty soon after 1 Thessalonians, most likely in response to questions Paul received from his first letter to the Thessalonians.  Here are the first four verses:  “Paul, 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 our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure”  I think most of us enjoy having good words spoken about us and those we love.  I enjoy reading articles in the paper about our girls sports teams, especially those that my daughter plays on.  I like to read about their efforts and what others think of them.  The Daily Item did a great story on the three “Rs” of the team yesterday.  What I’d love for people to say about Buffalo Valley is wrapped up in part in Paul’s words for the Thessalonians.  For our church community to be known as one that has a growing faith and love toward each other and for us to demonstrate patience and faith during tribulations would be exciting.  I think this is happening at Buffalo Valley but it can always happen in greater ways; ways that are noticed and that impact our area in a significant way.  I’d like to ask you to place Paul’s words next to your lives.  Is your faith growing “exceedingly”?  Is your love abounding toward others?  If not, why not?  When others talk about you do they talk about those words and about your patience and faith when you endure tribulation?  I hope that this is true for you and I also hope you know that God can enable this to be true for you.  Our part is to continually trust in Him and focus on faith and love, especially toward God and others.  These words are possible for each follower of Jesus…in fact, they are not only possible, they are expected.

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