Devotions: 2 Thessalonians

A devotion based on 2 Thessalonians 1:3.

A thanksgiving was a normal part of an ancient letter. Paul took what was a routine section of a letter and infused it with meaning. When Paul says “Thank God,” he is not just being polite, he is really thanking God. He had something specific for which he was thankful for. Paul gave thanks for the faith and the love of the Thessalonians.

This is an interesting and important pairing of virtues. Faith is something that is aimed at God. While love can be toward God, Paul specifies that it is love for one another. This is what the Christian life is supposed to look like. It must include both a vertical and a horizontal component. If either faith or love are missing, it is a deficient Christianity.

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