You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. 2 We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition.
Paul reflects on his missionary journey in Thessalonica. His journey there was not in vain, as his readers had become his brothers and sisters in Christ while he was with them. They had turned away from idols to serve God, and they were waiting for the coming of Jesus from heaven (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10).
Like Paul, we should always be encouraged to share the good news of Jesus Christ wherever we go. For the word of God, like a seed sown by a farmer, shall eventually fall on good ground and produce a great harvest (Luke 8:4-15). So we would have participated in the winning of souls.
In verse 2, Paul reminds the Thessalonians of his sufferings in Philippi. Paul and Silas had been beaten and thrown into prison in the city of Philippi for the sake of the Gospel (Acts 16:19-24), but they did not abandon their missionary journey. God had given them boldness to hold on and further preach the gospel in Thessalonica.
Sharing the gospel with others will sometimes bring opposition and persecution, but like Paul, we should not let any opposition or persecution hinder us to share the gospel. We need to ask the Lord to give us supernatural boldness, like did the disciples of Jesus (Acts 4:29).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Invite the Holy Spirit to be present with you in this moment and then, wait. Allow God’s peace to draw near.