Day 3, Week 6 of Come, Lord Jesus Come (A Love God Greatly Study) Encourage Each Other
Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (SOAP – 1 Thes. 5:9-11)
For God did not destine us for wrath but for gaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that whether we are alert or asleep we will come to life together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, just as you are in fact doing.. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 NET
Observations of God’s Plan:
We, believers, are “children of the day, or light” not of the night, or darkness. (5)
Faith, hope, and love should be our adornment – which will help us to be alert to His coming. (8)
Wrath is what we deserved but that was not God’s plan for us. His plan was salvation through Jesus Christ. (9)
Whether we are already dead or still alive we will be united with Him. (10)
Application: So What Does This Mean For Us?
As “children of the light”, who will one day “come to life together with [Jesus], we are to “encourage one another and build each other up in the faith.”
In view of [our] exemption from the day of the Lord, believers ought to encourage and edify one another. (bibleref.com @ context summary verse 6)
Prayer: Response to God’s Word
Father, thank You for Jesus Christ, and for the salvation that is mine instead of the wrath I deserve. Help me to walk faithfully in the light, encourage others in the faith, and make Your gift of salvation known to the lost. – In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Reflections: Your turn
According to today’s passage, what did God destine Christians for? How does that encourage you today?