1 Thessalonians 3: Love And Unity In The Church

The text in 1 Thessalonians 3 shows how much Paul loved the church in Thessalonica. They were so worried about the church that Paul said he sent Timothy to encourage them.

One of the things I love about the early church is its unity and love. Everywhere I read it seems like they are going out of their way to help each other.

The early church in Jerusalem was so lost in love that they gave everything they had to support the church. During the time of the early church believers would sell property and give money from the sale to the church.

1 Thessalonians 3 shows how much Paul wanted to be with the people he was teaching, and it shows how much he loved every person he met on his journeys.

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As Christians, we need to duplicate this mentality in our own lives. I believe I’m getting better at this. I love talking to people, and inevitably they tell me what is going on in their lives.

This happened to me yesterday at Church, a friend of mine approached me and after a minute or two he asked for me to pray for him.

He needed healing and I believed that God was going to heal him. When we finished he said his discomfort was reduced.

I love that I serve a God who will heal his people, and I love that God will use me to facilitate the healing.

As Christians, we need to be aware of the people around us. There are a lot of hurting people in the world, and we need to bring Jesus to all of them.

1 Thessalonians 3: Paul Sends Timothy to Encourage The Church

Finally, when we could stand it no longer, we decided to stay alone in Athens, and we sent Timothy to visit you. He is our brother and God’s co-worker in proclaiming the Good News of Christ. We sent him to strengthen you, to encourage you in your faith, and to keep you from being shaken by the troubles you were going through. But you know that we are destined for such troubles. 

Even while we were with you, we warned you that troubles would soon come—and they did, as you well know. That is why, when I could bear it no longer, I sent Timothy to find out whether your faith was still strong. I was afraid that the tempter had gotten the best of you and that our work had been useless.

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How To Stop Worrying

Being a Christian doesn’t mean we’ll live perfect lives. I believe it means the opposite because we will be tested and attacked. Being a Christian doesn’t mean life is going to be perfect and flowers will rise from the ground before you. Instead, it means you have someone who will face the trials and tribulations that you’re about to face.

On a personal note: My life has gotten worse following him. And I don’t mean that in a bad way.

I fight more battles, face more adversity, and even get sick more. All of this has happened since I chose to follow Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 3 also shows us not to go alone when we are following Christ. Paul sent Timothy because he wanted to encourage them.

  1. Who are you encouraging today?
  2. Who is encouraging you today?

So why do I continue to follow him?

Jesus is the way to eternal life, and when I gave my life to him, he promised to never leave me. I never have to face life alone anymore. When you’re following Jesus bad stuff happens, but Jesus is there giving you strength to fight through the pain and hurt.

Life isn’t boring when I follow Jesus, instead, it’s fulfilling. I will admit it’s hard as of the time I wrote this in the past year I’ve gotten angry and I’ve yelled at God in prayer a lot.

I’ve been frustrated, and angry. I’ve wanted to quit following him.

But where will I go, and who will I follow? He’s the way to heaven, and he’s the only one who’s loved me so much that he died for me.

And he did that while I was ignoring him.

I will follow him because he’s the only one who brings hope peace and love. And if you choose to follow him, he’ll do the same for you. When you’re in the midst of the storm, he can bring you peace.

When you follow this path, your heart will become like Paul and Timothy. 1 Thessalonians 3 is about love and unity. We all go through hardship, but when we follow Christ we have him, and we have each other.

1 Thessalonians 3 Timothy Returns With Great News

But now Timothy has just returned, bringing us good news about your faith and love. He reports that you always remember our visit with joy and that you want to see us as much as we want to see you. So we have been greatly encouraged in the midst of our troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord.

How we thank God for you! Because of you, we have great joy as we enter God’s presence. 10 Night and day we pray earnestly for you, asking God to let us see you again to fill the gaps in your faith.

11 May God our Father and our Lord Jesus bring us to you very soon. 12 And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows. 13 May he, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all his holy people. Amen.

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1 Thessalonians 3 is about love and unity. When you follow Christ your life will indeed get harder. In some ways, it does get easier because you’re not shouldering the entire burden.

You have Jesus helping you on your journeys, and you have the church encouraging you to keep going.

1 Thessalonians 3 is a testament to what a healthy church can do when it faces trials and tribulations, and that makes me happy. Trials and tribulations will make people stronger, and in 1 Thessalonians 3, we can see evidence of that.

In 1 Thessalonians 3:8, we see Paul getting excited because they are standing firm in the lord. This is how we should be living our lives focused on him.

The church as a whole might not be unified, but you and your local believers can be. Once that’s done the rest of it will fall in line pretty quickly.

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