1 Thessalonians 3

Timothy sent to help the Thessalonian believers relate to their trials 1
Encouraged by good news from them 6
May the Lord establish your hearts 11
Text Comments
 1 ¶ Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;
.2  And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:
.3  That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
 4  For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
 5  For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.
  1 - No longer forbear Paul had really wanted to see those he was here writing to. 1th0217. See Athens and Thessalonica on a map.
  1 - Alone Silas and Timothy remained in Macedonia when Paul had to leave ac1714.
  3 - Appointed [for affliction] "it is a part of God's gracious plan that his people in this world should suffer trials. Christians should see and acknowledge the hand of God in their trials as well as their mercies, and never be led by them to renounce their confidence in him, or their devotion to his service." (Family Bible Notes)
  4 - Told you before See ac1823.
.6 ¶ But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:
.7  Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:
 8  For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.
 9  For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;
 10  Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
   8 - We live Faithfulness of the believers is precious like life itself to Paul and friends.
  10 - Night and day praying Prayer is a habit worth forming. And when we don't feel like praying, we really need to pray!
.11 ¶ Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.
 12  And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
.13  To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
  13 - Stablish your hearts This thought is worth putting in your own words and pinning it to the wall. (Now we say "establish")


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