14 DECEMBER 2017 – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (AMP)

14 DECEMBER 2017 – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (AMP)

Scripture

23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [that is, separate you from profane and vulgar things, make you pure and whole and undamaged—consecrated to Him—set apart for His purpose]; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept complete and [be found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to Himself for your salvation], and He will do it [He will fulfill His call by making you holy, guarding you, watching over you, and protecting you as His own].

Reflection

To “sanctify” means to “set apart to make holy” Since God is holy what He is doing is making us more and more into his image, a likeness which can be seen in Jesus who was both fully human and fully God. Holiness then is about a change in our nature, something that happens on the inside which is a work of God – He will do it! For example, since God is a God of peace then those who are holy are of the same peace; body, soul and spirit. Peaceful people sow seeds which bring forth a harvest of right living with God (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God and people?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

Pray (silently) for the people who are seated close to you as you read this.

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Con Loggenberg - Discipleship Director
Con Loggenberg is the Discipleship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and a graduate of University of Pretoria, South Africa and South African Theological Seminary. He and his Texan wife, and twin boys live in Shanghai, China.