Saturday, October 13, 2012

2 Thessalonians 3:13

13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good. 

     It is believed that Second Thessalonians was written in response to a letter received after Paul had sent the believers in Thessalonica the first letter.  The repeated message throughout 2 Thessalonians is "stand firm."

     Stand firm in your faith.

     Stand firm in your commitment.

     Stand firm in never tiring of doing what is good.

     We can feel challenged to stand firm, especially when times are difficult.  We can feel pressured by our peers... and by our fears... to do things that change the foundation we are standing on.  No longer would we be standing firm, but more like standing in quicksand.

     To escape quicksand, these are the recommended steps:
  1. Avoid it.  "Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else." 1 Thessalonians 5:15
  2. Drop everything.  "Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture." Psalm 37:3
  3. Relax. "Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in his sight." 1 Chronicles 19:13
  4. Breathe deeply.  "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:21
  5. Lie back and float.  "They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it." 1 Peter 3:11
  6. Take your time.  "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9
  7. Rest.  "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."  Romans 12:2
When the going gets rough, look up.

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