Thursday, February 2, 2012
Like a Father to his children
This whole reading is like a father to his children (verse 2:11). Paul didn't ridicule anyone when he went to speak to the Thessalonians and he didn't "come on" to them with force, but rather he was encouraging.
He didn't discourage anyone and he treated them like children, who looked up to him for advice and encouragement (just like children do to their father).
Here again, it mentions that we should testify or witness our experiences with the Lord and what He has done for us. You should be able to do this openly and not feel embarrassed.
Now this is the part that really struggle with, and I shouldn't because how can we feel embarrassed about our Lord?
Sometimes I feel that I am going to get turned down by other people, thinking that I some religious freak, but surely I need to overcome that!
We shouldn't just speak to others about Jesus, but we need to support them afterwards...It may take some people awhile to grasp the situation, and we don't want to be far away from them when they come looking for more answers.
1 Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.