Stay Faithful in light of the Lord's Coming, 2 Thessalonians 1
Second Thessalonians continues with the ongoing theme of the Lord's second coming. The Apostle Paul is very straight forward as we begin this book in proclaiming that the Lord is coming again and that His people need to remain faithful to the call of God in their lives.
Because of the Thessalonians faith, they are praised for their continued love for one another, that despite difficulty, has only increased. They have persevered through the difficult times of trouble and persecutions. The people of faith have trusted the Lord in the midst of it all and as a result will be "counted worthy of the Kingdom of God."
Once again, in light of the above, Paul and his ministry team pray for the believers that God would continue the precious work He is doing in their lives. Trusting God's power to bring forth the fruit of goodness in their lives as well as their actions would be prompted by a strong faith.
The ultimate desire of the prayer for the Thessalonians is that Jesus would be glorified in their lives and that God's favor would rest on each of them.
The early church endured much persecution for their faith--and in today's world it remains as well in many places around the globe. Each of us have endured trials of one sort or another. Even now, the struggles with all that is happening around us we are encouraged to increase in our love for one another, to remain faithful as we await the Lord's return, and to continue to bear fruit for the Kingdom of God. How is this accomplished in us? It is through the power of God working in and through us!
Let us keep loving! Let us stay faithful! Let us bring forth good deeds that give honor and glory to our God!