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1Thessalonians, Chapter Three, Lesson Two

SHOWING AFFECTION           Page 2
V. 9 (cont'd.)

** There are two elements of this debt which make it quite unique. First it is permissible for us to owe it and second we can never fully repay it! To look deeper into this issue lets ask the question, "Is it right for Christians to be in debt?"

No - we are to be good stewards of the Lord's money and are not to let ourselves go into debt. But, there is one exception. All see - Romans 13:1-8, and cf. Psalm 37:21 with Matthew 25:27

** Now back in our passage for today, did Paul fully understand the scope of his thanksgiving debt to God?

No he did not - he says, "For what thanks..." Paul is lost for words! An amazing thing when you stop and think about it.

** Where was Paul when he experienced his rejoicing over the Thessalonians' firm stand in the Lord?

He was "...before our God..." Paul's prayerful life and the Thessalonians' firm stand in the Lord were both before the watchful eye of God. cf. Proverbs 15:3

** How do we know that Paul's joy was caused by the walk of the Thessalonians with the Lord?

Because he said his joy was "on your account" - it was directly due to the obedient lifestyle of the Thessalonians, even during their difficult trials. cf. 1Thessalonians 2:14

V.10 ** So how is Paul "Showing Affection" to these dear saints in Thessalonica?

By praying for them! We need to learn and follow Paul's example, if we hope to be "Showing Affection" for those around us.

** For what two things did Paul pray?

1. "...we might see your face..." cf. 1Thessalonians 2:17
2. "...may complete what is lacking in your faith"

** Was this just an occasional prayer request for Paul?

No - His love for the Thessalonians caused him to pray both "night and day" for them. When was the last time you found yourself so burdened with love for someone that you spent day and night praying?

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