In his closing words to the Thessalonian church, Paul writes this wonderful blessing. “Now may the Lord of Peace Himself give you His peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 NLT.
“May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God, and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5 NLT.
It is God’s will that we not only experience His overwhelming love, but that we become so filled with His love that we express it fully to others, coming into a fuller understanding of His love.
“The Lord is faithful,” Paul writes in the closing portion of his second letter to the believers in Thessalonica. “He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3 NLT.
This life is a spiritual battleground; the final victory is never in doubt, yet we still find ourselves fighting for our lives. Satan is resoundingly defeated, yet still does his utmost to discredit God and to keep as many souls as possible out of fellowship with Jesus.
In the closing paragraphs of Paul’s second letter to the church in Thessalonica, we find this request;” Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1 NLT
As he prepares to give his final instructions to the church in Thessalonica, Paul writes this blessing to them. “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God our Father, Who loved us, and by His Grace gave us eternal comfort and wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17 NLT.
“With all these things in mind, dear brothers and sisters,” Paul writes in his second letter to the church at Thessalonica, “stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching we passed on to you, both in person and by letter.” 2 Thessalonians 2:15 NLT
In his second letter to the church in Thessalonica, Paul describes a great rebellion against God, which will come in the last days before Jesus returns. There will be great deception as well, which will fool those who refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them.
Then Paul returns to the believers with these words: “As for us, we can’t help but thank God for you, dear brothers and sisters loved by the Lord. We are always thankful that God chose you from the beginning to experience salvation– a salvation that came through the Spirit Who makes you holy and through your belief in the truth.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13 NLT