Loved and Chosen by God

“We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be His own people.” 1 Thessalonians 1:4 NLT

Paul writes these words in the opening sentences of his letter to the church in Thessalonians, a comforting reminder that our present position in Christ is the result of both the Love and the choice of God Himself.

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Faithful Work, Loving Deeds, Enduring Hope

As he opens his letter to the believers in Thessalonica, Paul writes to them about his prayer on their behalf.

“We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly,” he says. “As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.”                    1 Thessalonians 1:2,3 NLT

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God’s Grace and Peace

Just as Paul ended his letter to the church in Colossae by blessing them with the Grace of God, so he opens his letter to the church in Thessalonica by blessing them with the Grace and Peace of God.

“To you who belong to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, may God give you Grace and peace.” 1 Thessalonians 1:1 NLT

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With Wisdom and Grace

As he nears the end of his letter to the Colossian believers, Paul leaves us with these instructions. “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive, so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Colossians 4:5,6 NLT.

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Continued Prayer

“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and thankful heart.” Colossians 4:2 NLT.

Paul writes these words near the beginning of the concluding chapter of his letter to the believers in Colossae. Once again, he is pointing out the importance of communication with our Heavenly Father, and with our Savior Jesus Christ.

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Inside the Christian Home

At the end of the third chapter of Paul’s letter to the believers in Colossae, he writes instructions for family relations in Christian households.

“Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly. Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.” Colossians 3:18-21 NLT

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Representing Jesus

“And whatever you do or say,” Paul continues in his letter to the Colossian believers, “do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” Colossians 3:17 NLT

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