II Thessalonians 1:11 ” We constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.”

The Thessalonian Church was a persecuted Church, and Paul’s second letter to them reinforced the need to remain faithful to the cause…living a life worthy of God, filled with patience and joyful discipleship even in the face of abuse from those hostile to the faith. It’s interesting that when Paul wrote, “That He may fulfill every good purpose of yours.” he used the Greek word Agathosyne rather than Chrestotes. Both describe bringing about good, but Chrestotes uses softness and tenderness where Agathosyne does not spare sharpness and rebuke. God’s plan and purpose for our lives is perfect and He will do what it takes to effectively shape right desires and intentions within us. For true saving faith bears fruit in obedience to the Lord… no matter what we’re going through and Paul wanted to encourage the persecuted Church that it was all worth it… “We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Thessalonians 1:3)

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