- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Thessalonians 2
Encouragement for the suffering church.
Apostle Paul recalled his own suffering while he was in Thessalonica.
“We” indicated his companions in ministry, Paul, Silas, and Timothy (v.1)
His recollection of suffering (1-2) — At Philippi his opponents of the gospel accused him of heresy, immorality, trickery and greed, and they put him in prison. At Thessalonica, the Jews rioted against Apostle Paul and he was escorted by believers to leave the city to Berea. Luke, an accompanying physician with Apostle Paul recorded what had happened in Acts 16:11-17:9.
His authority of preaching the gospel (3-4) —- He asserted his authority to preach the gospel, in spite of strong opposition, which was coming from God, to please God not to please men. It was his rhetorical affirmation of the gospel’s authenticity and his preaching was not motivated by any self-interest.
His ministry (5-12) — Apostle Paul sought no burden from the Thessalonians by financial support. He reminded them that he and his companions had supported themselves by exercising their trade, most probability in a shop located in the marketplace. He recalled the rectitude of life he lived, and his parental love for the Thessalonians.
His encouragement (13-20) — Apostle Paul exhorted them to lead a life worthy of God and the eschatological call, living like at the end of time, living in the power of God. The reason for his thanks to God was that, in spite of suffering, the power of God’s word was at work among the Thessalonian believers.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.