1 Thessalonians 2:17-20; 3

Paul, Timothy, and their ministry team express love and compassion for the church in Thessalonians. They encouraged believers to strengthen their faith in preparation for difficult days ahead. They encouraged the Thessalonians so that they might stand strong in faith through it all. In the same way, they prayed for the believers to have a growing love for each other. They also shared a reminder that Jesus will return. They were building a joyful confident hope in Jesus. Paul, Timothy, and their ministry team lived with an awareness that people will live forever. This truth informed their value system. God loves people more than temporary things. We should too.