2 Thessalonians 1:8 Will You Be Punished?

He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 2 Thessalonians 1:8

Punishment is something that no one likes to be on the receiving side of. When punishment occurs, it means that someone was disobedient in some way or another, was caught and must pay for that act of disobedience. The types of punishment are as broad as there are ways to be disobedient.

This is something that happens at all levels in life, from the parent to child, all the way up to nation against nation.

Paul commends the people for going through suffering from others against them and that God will punish those causing the suffering. He tells them that God will punish all who do not know Him, nor obey the gospel of Jesus.

Ignorance is often seen as innocence, clearing a person of wrong doing. Many believe that if a person does not know God, then God cannot or will not punish them.

Others will also hold to the thought that because they believe in Jesus, yet don’t obey Him, that they will not be punished because God is love and would not punish them.

Both of these views are incorrect. God has revealed Himself to everyone through creation. Jesus also said that if one loves Him, he will obey Him. To love is to obey. Anything less than loving God is disobeying God.

The gospel of Jesus is not just about repenting of sin and being saved, but it is about living a holy and righteous life before God and for God. It is obeying every command of God, not to be saved, but because of the salvation that Jesus has provided.

The more one knows God, the more he will know how to live for and obey gospel of Jesus Christ, removing the need for God to punish him.

God wants a relationship with you and does not want to have to punish you. All punishment is being reserved for those who do not know Him and those who do not obey Him.

Read your bible and pray everyday so that you may know God more and more. Understand how God wants you to live your life and than live that way.

Do not give God a reason to have to punish you in the end, because you chose to either ignore Him or disobey Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will learn how God wants you to live your life; that you obey the gospel of Jesus; that God will guide you by the Holy Spirit in obeying His word; and that you will trust God as you obey Him.

Proverbs 16:5 The Danger Of Pride

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The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. Proverbs 16:5 

Society tells people to be proud of who they are and what they can do or have already accomplished. Children are always told to take pride in themselves. Many different groups stand up in pride of who they are and what they stand for.

Believing in self is the mantra of the world, that one can do anything that he sets his mind to, that he is the best that there is.

According to the world, this is the best way to think. It is motivating and building up. It gives people the strength to do anything that they desire.

God takes a different view of pride. In the verse today, God hates those who are proud and will get punished at some point.

God hates pride because it is all about self. Pride has no love except for self. It was pride that caused the downfall of Satan. It was pride of self that caused Adam and Eve to choose to sin against God.

It is pride that puts one’s self above all others. It believes that self is the best that there is and that self can do whatever one wants. It does not allow itself to be in submission to anyone else.

The reality is that no one can do anything at all without God’s help and provision. God is the one who sustains all life upon this earth. He is the one who gives a person breath to breathe and strength to do things.

Since it is all by God’s powers and abilities, man cannot have any pride in self. It is not about himself, but about God and about others. God is outward focused and wants His people to be outward focused.

Over the time of your life, God may have used you to do some great things. Remember it was God who gave you the ability, not you yourself. It is not about you, but Him.

As you do things, remember to give God the credit for it. Don’t take all the credit and become proud and all about self, but make it about God and others. Build God and others up. That is what true love is.

God loves the humble, but hates the proud. Don’t give Him a reason to be against you, but remove all pride.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know what God has done for you; that you will know that it is all about God and others; and that you will raise God and others up above yourself.