In today’s (chronological) Bible reading… 1 Thessalonians 1-5… we read Paul’s first letter to the church in Thessalonica.

We read of Paul’s founding of the church in Thessalonica in Acts 17:1-15.   Paul ministered there a short time, maybe just a month; but, God did a great work, and the witness of the church was known far and wide.

Paul was forced to leave the city… and he was never able to return; so, he sent his young friend, Timothy, to see how things are going.  Paul wrote this first letter from Corinth in response to a report he’d received from Timothy.  Paul wrote to encourage them in their Christian lives, and to assure them of his love and concern.

They needed help, and Paul was not able to go to them.  So, he did what he could:

– He sent someone competent in his place.  If you cannot be there, do what you can to make sure someone who can be is there.

– He prayed for them.  Prayer is not limited by time or place.  Your prayers may do more than even you could imagine, so keep praying.

– He wrote to them.  He meant this to be an encouragement to them.  His primary concern for them was not about their safety or their comfort, but about their faith… and their love… and their obedience to the Lord.

Maybe you could write a letter of encouragement to someone who needs it.  And, maybe, that word of encouragement is exactly what is needed… and may do more than you could ever imagine!

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