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1Thessalonians, Chapter Three, Lesson Two

SHOWING AFFECTION           Page 5
V.13 (cont'd.)

** If we wish to be like the Thessalonians and learn from Paul's example of "Showing Affection", where could we go to see a Biblical pattern for this type of love?

To Paul's explicit writing on the subject, to his first letter to the Corinthians. cf. 1Corinthians 13:4-7

1. Love is patient (with people)
2. Love is kind
3. Love is not jealous
4. Love does not brag
5. Love is not arrogant
6. Love does not act unbecomingly
7. Love does not seek its own
8. Love is not provoked
9. Love does not take into account a wrong suffered
10. Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness
11. Love rejoices with the truth
12. Love bears all things
13. Love believes all things
14. Love hopes all things
15. Love endures all things
16. Love never fails (from verse 8)

** This is the kind of love (by God's design) which is capable of "Showing Affection" through earnest prayer both day and night! The question is, do you see this amazing work of God in your own heart?

Although we fail at times and can even be selfish, Christians do find themselves manifesting this type of affection for others, because God has placed His love in our hearts.
cf. Romans 5:5

** Let's go back to our text for one final question. When will this holiness before God finally be

"...at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints..." That is exactly why Paul instructed the Colossians (and us as well) to keep our focus on the things above. cf. Colossians 3:1-4


** For what was Paul thankful in this passage?

For the joy he was experiencing due to their standing firm in the Lord. We too should express our thankfulness to God for each other.

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