II Thessalonians 3:5
Report Date: March 26, 2015
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
For further study – II Thessalonians 3:1-5
The Apostle Paul is very concerned that he be able to help the Thessalonians to grow in the Lord. After leading them to Jesus, for salvation, he writes two letters to them, I and II Thessalonians. These two books have much instruction for their growth. He has watched as the “Word of the Lord”” was glorified, made manifest in these people, verse 1 .
Paul desires the prayers of the Thessalonians so that as he continues his ministry he will be able to minister the “Word of the Lord” among others as well. Here Paul is teaching “intercessory prayer” to these young believers. Paul’s prayer also includes a request for his protection from unreasonable and wicked men, verse 2.
The apostle reminds the Thessalonians, and us as well, that the Lord is faithful to His ministry of establishing us in Jesus and keeping us from evil that may come to confront us.
Paul wants these new converts to love the Lord, to really love Him, verse 5. This is love that is more than “lip service”, it is a love that is a love like I have for my wife. That kind of love causes me to want to talk to her and let her talk to me. In our love for the Lord, we can talk to Him, in prayer.
He can also talk to us in His word, as we read it on a daily basis. The love that I have for my wife moves me to want to do things that please her. This is the case as well with our love for the Lord.
Notice the last phrase in our reading, verse 5. Paul wants to direct the Thessalonians and each of us into the “patient waiting for Christ to return”. It is difficult for me to be patient. That is something I must learn, patience. Let me suggest that as we wait patiently for the Lord to return, we must be “prepared” for His shout to come at any moment by knowing for sure we are born again.
We also need to walk “pure” each day by laying aside that which is ungodly and evil and living that which is godly and righteous, as we look up for Him to take us to be with Him. We must also be “productive”, in winning others to Jesus Christ and helping them to grow even as Paul was doing among the Thessalonians.
Again, I say it is difficult for me to be patient as I await the Lord’s shout to join Him in the air. I want it to happen today, and it could – even so come, Lord Jesus.PRAYER THOT: Lord, help me as I await Your coming, patiently, to be pure and productive until you do shout for us to join You in the heavenlies.