Advent Devotional – Tuesday, November 29, 2016 – Reaching Out to Profess God’s Love
1You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure. 2We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition. 3For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. 4On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. 5You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. 6We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else. As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, 7but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. 8We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. 9Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. 10You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. – I Thessalonians 2:1-12
In reading this we gain strength to go out and tell everyone at every opportunity about the love that God has for us. We must not be beaten down by those that don‘t believe. We must continue to take the walk and hope and pray that those we come into contact with see by our actions of love for God, that God is the hope and the way of life. Life is tough, with many obstacles, and as I think of the obstacles I have had, I remember that turning it over to God has helped me lift the burden of pain and suffering to rejoice in the life I have.
So my prayer for you today is that you continue to witness, as you may never know when you have touched someone by your words or actions to help them open their heart to God.