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Jesus Has Chosen You to Live Like Him... Loving One Another!

2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5 New International Version (NIV)

Stand Firm

13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits[a] to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings[b] we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. 16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

Request for Prayer

3 As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. 2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 4 We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

Fri. December 11

God has called us through the Gospel, which is the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. A calling is like being elected. Someone picks you for a job or mission. Jesus has picked you and me through the Gospel to be children of God. Jesus has chosen us to live like him in love and service to one another. Jesus has called us to forgive like he forgives. Jesus has elected us to do the work of peace. That is the work, ministry, mission, and life of a Christian. We live out that calling everyday at home, at work, at school, or wherever we find ourselves. Is there someone you are not at peace with? Did they upset you, hurt you, or offend you? Your calling is to forgive as you have been forgiven and love as you have been loved. You can reject that calling, but then that means you are rejecting the One who called you!

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