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…
steadfastness of hope
endurance inspired by hope
patience of 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?