Monday, February 22, 2016

1 Thessalonians, Day 1 Readings

Grateful Appreciation       

Today's reading is the beginning of the first letter to the Thessalonians preserved in the New Testament.  As he usually done, Paul begins with thanksgiving, praising the Thessalonians for their openness to the Holy Spirit and their faith.

In fact, much of this letter features Paul offering words of appreciation from afar.  This is the result of two things: first, Paul's deep affection for the Thessalonians -- he truly misses being with them; and second, Paul's worries about the persecution that these new Christians may face due to their faith.  Paul wants his words to encourage them to keep their faith, despite outside pressures.  This is a simple reminder -- sometimes we don't need deep theology to be faithful; we simply need love and encouragement.

Read 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read 1 Thessalonians 1 today.