1 Thessalonians 3:4 Walking Into Trouble

 

Dark path in woods

In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. 1 Thessalonians 3:4

Trouble is something that most people attempt to avoid as much as possible. Very few people like to walk into trouble.

When a person is driving down the road and they see a notice that there is a major accident ahead, he will often try to take a different route to keep from being slowed down or stopped. When a person is walking down a  street and see two other people arguing loudly, he will usually, quickly walk by or take a different route to stay away from the trouble.

The change of route will occur even more, if a person knows that there is someone upset with him. People will avoid those who are upset with them. Very few people like confrontation with a person who does not like them.

Paul did not change his route or back down from a negative confrontation. He was not looking at just someone being upset with him, but that there would be persecution ahead. There would be people ahead in his path that would physically strive to harm him. They would beat him and put him in jail.

Most people would turn and run the other direction, yet, Paul did not. He followed what God wanted him to do, be a witness to the people at all costs.

True believers will have to go through some persecution, sooner or later. The world hates believers and will do whatever it takes to remove them. Yet, the believer must move forward, knowing that trouble and persecution is coming. He must not back down from the path God has him on.

The value of walking into trouble and persecution is that God’s word will move forward and touch lives. The person who stands strong and true for God will be a living example of the light and love of Jesus to this dark world.

Are you avoiding talking about Jesus because you do not want to be persecuted? Are you avoiding trouble at all costs?

Or are you willing to be a witness of Jesus to those around you, regardless of what happens?

Jesus was persecuted and He promised His followers will be persecuted. Do not run from it, but keep walking forward, knowing God is in control. God can use that persecution to spread His word.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be His witness to this world; that you will not fear the trouble the world will give; and that God will strengthen you in times of trouble and persecution to be His witness. 

 

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Luke 15:21 True Remorse

“The son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” Luke 15:21

Jesus was telling the parable about a son who went against his father’s desires and started living a wild life. He chose to move away from home and just party. After everything came crashing down on him and failed, he decided to go back to his father.

His words to his father were ones of great humility and remorse. He knew he messed up badly and was now unworthy of any type of love from his father.

People often state that they are sorry for something wrong they did once they are caught. Very few people come up and admit doing wrong before being caught. This goes for both believers and non-believers. Most people hope to never get caught for the wrong that they did.

Once they get caught and repent of the wrong, it is usually more of a being sorry at being caught, not for what was done wrong.

The boy in the story realized he messed up so bad that his father would have the right to disown him entirely. Yet, the father showed great love to him and accepted him back.

As a believer that is human, every person makes mistakes and sins against God at times. Every time you sin, you must look at that sin as so great that God has the right to disown you and punish you. Do not think of the sin as some little thing, it carries the punishment of a death sentence.

Repent of the sin with the mind that God hates that sin. Know that you do not deserve anything from God. This is true remorse for the sin.

Just like the father in the story, God will open His arms and accept you back with great love. God wants to forgive you. God wants to love you and have a relationship with you.

I pray today that you will turn to God and away from sin; that you will repent of every sin; that you will know the love and forgiveness God has for you; and that you will give your life to serve God.