We can learn a lot from 1 Thessalonians 3, the heart that Paul had for the people and his commitment to them. As we will see, this was not just Paul, but the leadership, or in other words those that had responsibility for the Thessalonian’s.
Have you ever made a decision without examining the full facts and realised you had made a mistake?
Well depending on what it is, hasty decisions can sometimes be very costly.
Yes we do have to make every day decisions, but things that can have a great impact need to be weighted very carefully before a decision is made.
Have you ever had someone so close to you and then down the journey of life, the person actually became your enemy?
Well this is not new. We have examples of this in the bible. One of such was the relationship between David and Joab.
Being angry for the right reasons is not sin otherwise the bible would not have said “Be angry but sin not” (Ephesians 4; 26). In others words being angry is not sin (provided its being angry for the right reasons).
Cain was angry for the wrong reasons, which was sin to him (Genesis 4; 1-7), this article is not addressing that type of anger.
The bible makes it clear that during the earthly ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, He did not sin (2 Corinthians 5; 21), so we have a clear basis confirming Ephesians 4;26. A person can be angry and not sin.
Most of us have asked the Lord for direction in making decisions and will continue to. The bible says that the “Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth” (John 16;13).
The process of guidance for us can sometimes consist of trial and error on our part, or as a good friend of mine says “follow what has life on it”. As we mature, the guidance of the Lord should become more easier because we would at that time have noticed patterns and learned the ways of the Lord.
Have you ever had a discussion with someone who wronged you? During the conversation they wept, and seemed to feel sorry, only to repeat the same thing again?
Let’s look at this account:
David became Saul’s enemy because the women said that Saul hath slain his thousands and David his ten thousands (1 Samuel 18;7), after the fight with the Philistine i.e. Goliath (1 Samuel 18;6). From that time on Saul tried to kill David.
Many of us are familiar with the account of Noah in the bible. God told him to prepare an ark before the world was destroyed with water.
Let’s look at the brief account in the book of Hebrews:
Hebrews 11; 7
By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Our God has not changed and He is still jealous over us. Why? This is because He loves us so much He wants us to Himself alone, (Exodus 34;14, 1 Corinthians 10;22). It’s actually a beautiful place to be, fully and totally committed to the Lord.
The old testament has several warnings about idols; ( Leviticus 19;4, 26;1), and while some parts of the world still have golden images and symbols that physically represent idols , the reality is that idols still exit everywhere.
When you are faced with a decision to make, what criteria do you base your choices on?
Many of us have heard about the young ruler in scripture, let’s have a closer look:
Matthew 19: 16 – 23
16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Many of us have read the book of Judges (Judges 16; 1 – 26) with the account of Samson, and thought “how can someone do that”? Well in reality it did happen. Reading this recently, l saw something different.
Judges 16;4 says it all “And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah”. This verse clearly states that “he loved a woman”, however it is very clear from the account that Delilah did not love him.
Heavens agenda in any situation is several steps up higher than what we are thinking. Kevin Zadai.