Posted by: peebles | November 28, 2008

1 Thessalonians 1:7 (NIV) And so you became a model to all the believers.

1 Thessalonians 1:7 (NIV) And so you became a model to all the believers.

 

 

For many who have read the letters of the Apostle Paul, particularly the ones to the Thessalonians points to the church being a model church. They became imitators of the faith, which they had seen in the Apostle Paul. Their labour prompted by love, their joy in the Holy Spirit, their genuine Christ centered love, caring for people and the reaching the lost. All these Kingdom principles showed them to be a model to all the believers.

 

Paul says to them in 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 (NIV) But we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.

They cherished one another, they were warm and welcoming, they were gentle, forgiving, and loving. They welcomed teaching and embraced the Holy Spirit, to be led by Him. To have Kingdom living flow from them, so in turn they may pour into the lives of others the grace, mercy and love of God; which they had received from the Lord. They were forgiving, and kind towards one another.

 

Someone once said,

To live with they saints above in all glory,

To live with saints below, well that’s an other story.

 

However those in Thessalonica wanted to live a Christ centered life style, with Kingdom living. They spent time encouraging each other and building one another up in the Lord. They gave themselves to the work of the Lord; such was the impact of their example that even now it ripples down through time.

 

My friend, the baton is pasted onto us, to be a model church. A body of believers who love each other in the Lord with a genuine love, who are gentle and kind to each other, who encourage each other and build each other us in the most holy faith. A church were forgiveness flows, where mercy reigns and the grace of God is poured out without measure. A church where people give themselves up one for another, where they endeavour to promote a labour of love, giving themselves to the work of the Lord, and to each other. Where the lost are touched and won by the genuine love of the gospel, from a church, which is led by the Holy Spirit, to glorify Jesus Christ.

I wonder, just wonder; what would happen if that kind of model church, where Kingdom living with the compassion and love in Jesus thrived in our society today?

 

Lord help us reach the lost, help us cherish each other, help us be warm toward each other, help us be gentle, kind and forgiving. Lord may we reach the lost, and help the back slider return to a loving caring environment, where mercy reigns and Kingdom living glorifies Jesus. Amen.

 

God bless you my friend, Matthew.


Responses

  1. Thank You so much for sharing this with us,O if we would yield to the Holy Spirit.


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