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1Thessalonians, Chapter Four, Lesson Two

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V. 9 (cont'd.)

** When was the first time Paul mentioned the love these Thessalonians had for him?

Back in 1Thessalonians 1:3 he said that he was, "constantly bearing in mind [their] work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father..."

** Did Paul bring this subject up again because the Thessalonians needed instruction on how to love the
brethren?

NO! - "...you have no need for anyone to write..."

** This is actually the third time he has mentioned the Thessalonians' tendency to love. Do you recall what Timothy had told Paul upon his return to the apostle?

1Thessalonians 3:6 - "But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us good news of your faith and love, and that you always think kindly of us, longing to see us just as we also long to see you..."

** Two weeks ago we took a close look at Biblical love from 1Corinthians 13:4-7 (known as the love chapter), but we can appreciate this love even more when we see it in action in Paul's letter to the Romans, chapter 12, verses 9-13. All see: Twelve more characteristics of truly Biblical love - Read Passage

1. Love is not hypocritical
2. Love abhors what is evil (1Corinthians 13:6) (to hate)
3. Love clings to what is good
4. Love is devoted to others
5. Love prefers others over self
6. Love is diligent
7. Love is fervent (Revelation 3:14-16)
8. Love serves the Lord
9. Love rejoices in hope
10. Love perseveres in trials
11. Love is devoted to prayer
12. Love meets the needs of others (hospitality)

** With that wonderful understanding, let's go back to our passage in 1Thessalonians 4:9. Why didn't the Thessalonians require instruction to show this kind of Biblical love?

Because they had been "...taught by God to love one another..."
cf. 1John 3:10, 4:19, Romans 5:5

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