We are ever giving thanks to God for all of you, continually mentioning [you when engaged] in our prayers, recalling unceasingly before our God and Father your work energized by faith and service motivated by love and unwavering hope in [the return of] our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).  [O] brethren beloved by God, we recognize and know that He has selected (chosen) you.

-1 Thessalonians 1:2-4

As I read through my Bible this morning, I landed on this verse that fit oh so nicely with this month’s theme.  I looked it up in a few different versions and loved the idea of the words that come before hope…

unwavering hope

steadfastness of hope

endurance inspired by hope

patience of hope

enduring hope

endurance of hope

All of these characteristics of the Thessalonian’s hope come right back to a deep seated belief in being the beloved of God. The more secure I find myself in how God sees me, the more patient and enduring I can be (with His help!).

What stuck out to you in this verse?

2 thoughts on “Hope

  1. work energized by faith…

    Kind of makes me think of how God is working in my life right now. A year ago, I would have said that I’m not college material. Now, He has me on a path to earn a doctorate of physical therapy (I can’t wait to see how He’s going to use this, BTW). It’s crazy, but I know it is a God thing and that keeps me eager to pursue.

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