Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace and Peace! What gifts from God!
God’s grace is revealed in the coming of Jesus. His perfect life freely given up on the cross for our sins!
What does this empowering grace produce?
Trust in Jesus is the hallmark of His students.
Grace also brings peace. Peace with God and therefore peace within. And peace in our relationships!
For Grace which produces trust and brings peace also fills our hearts with God’s love. The same love that flows out to the world in the coming of Jesus, now overflows from our hearts to others by the power of the Holy Spirit within.
Paul’s prayer is for God’s grace and peace to continue to be with them. For the results are already growing in the lives of the Christians in Thessalonica!
Your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.
The Teacher says – He who is forgiven much, loves much!
Love for one another is proof of God’s grace. Love in our hearts is the evidence of our relationship with Jesus.
All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.
How can students of Jesus know they are following the Teacher? A growing trust in Him and increasing love in our hearts for others!