One of the things I like to do as I read the scriptures is write down just one thing, one quick takeaway from the section. For me, it’s a process that helps me move from simply reading the Word to allowing the Word to read me.
It’s a simple practice that anybody can do, it helps to reinforce what I’ve read, and it gives me an opportunity to engage with what the Holy Spirit might be trying to teach me.
This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in 2 Thessalonians 1-3
“May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.” ~2 Thessalonians 1:11
Is my faith prompting “good?”
Is that how others would characterize it? Do those who are far from God see the “goodness of God” in my faith?
As “ambassadors” for Christ, do I represent the “goodness” of God, or do others only know me for what I’m “against?” Am I defined by Jesus’ greatest commandment to love God and others? Jesus declared that we should love others as he loved us, am I loving others with the same powerful self-giving love that he has for us?
These are the “powerfully good” things that should define our faith: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
As we continually trust Jesus to transform us into the good creations he originally declared us to be, it’s his power through the promptings of the Holy Spirit that will allow us to accomplish the good things he has already prepared for us, and it’s our call to continually encourage one another to love and to goodness!
This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?
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