Chapter Three, Lesson Two
SHOWING AFFECTION Page
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
** 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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