II Thessalonians 2:16
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.
The Apostle Paul wrote these words to the church at Thessalonica. They were under great persecution. Paul wanted to encourage them.
Today’s scripture is some of his last words written to the Thessalonians. He wanted to remind them, that though they were going through intense spiritual battles, they needed to keep their eye on the goal—the coming comfort and solace of their sure eternal salvation at the hand of their Lord Jesus and God their Father.
Paul also prayed for their hearts, their thoughts, passions, and wills, to be strengthened in every good work and in their words.
We would do well to pray this scripture for those God lays on our hearts for it is a powerful and weighty benediction—one anyone would be pleased to receive.
Lord Jesus, may we ever keep our eye on the goal
no matter the circumstances.
May You author and encourage our works and words
to produce an increase of Your Lordship
until the whole world knows You and Your mighty love.
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