Why would a self-sufficient Being sacrifice his very Self for the selfish. Why would a wholly perfect Person be crushed to make the broken whole?
Paul wishes the hearts of his Thessalonian friends to be drawn into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.
He is saying, “don’t just sit there thinking about all of these lovely, pure, excellent things, but live them out.”
If you are in Sunday School and there is a lollipop on the line, but you weren’t paying close attention, there’s a good likelihood that if you answer, “Jesus”, you’re gonna get that lollipop.
In the first chapter of Philippians, Paul prays for his friends that their love would grow in knowledge and discernment.
This bible verse compels us to really dwell on the true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable things.
In the midst of my despair, he gave me an intimate glimpse into his intentional provision for my life.
The theme of renewal permeates all of God’s story. When it comes to God’s people, renewal is in fact what God is all about.
This time of year all sorts of messages compete for your attention: “Turn over a new leaf! Make a resolution to be healthier, stronger, or more organized! This is your time to take charge and do it!”