BIBLE READING|1 THESS. 1:1-10
Faith, hope, and love are the three cardinal virtues of the Christian life, and the three greatest evidences of salvation. Paul was confident and thankful for the lives of the Thessalonians, who demonstrated proof that their salvation was genuine. They lived in a dysfunctional society, where they had to grapple with the pressures of idolatry, sexual perversion and corruption, but they didn’t give in. Paul’s attestation was that their work was energized by faith; their service motivated by love and in the face of challenges they kept an unwavering hope in the return of our Lord Jesus
As Christians living a society similar to those of the Thessalonians, our faith must always lead to works (James 2:14-26). It has been said, “We are not saved by faith plus works, but by a faith that works. We can’t profess that we are saved and our everyday life shows no proof of faith. Our service to God and mankind must not be merely out of duty but out love for God and for people.
The love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5) and therefore our love is not feigned or hypocritical. The verity of our salvation is further reinforced by the hope that we have in Christ Jesus—a living hope. We are motivated to keep the faith in spite of the throes that life throws at us. It is this hope that produces the endurance that helps us develop the maturity of character in the face of affliction and pressures. This character is what makes us triumph in our troubles, making us joyful and confident in our eternal salvation.
When we understand this truth about the virtues of our salvation, then we will quit playing church and religion.
PRAYER: Lord, strengthen my resolve to make my everyday life a proof of the virtues that will make my calling and election sure.
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