The One To Whom We Must All Give Account
1 Thessalonians 2:2 (KJV)
But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.
Paul had arrived in Thessalonica after being beaten and thrown in jail for his ministry there. It would have seemed reasonable for him to take a bit of a break after that sort of treatment.
Thessalonica turned out to be as tough a work as Philippi had been. That did not deter the Apostle. He preached the Word of God with boldness and truthfulness even in the face of contention.
The ministry of Paul in Thessalonica was short lived, but it was effective. Souls were saved and a strong church was established. It had to be strong to withstand the persecution it’s members experienced.
Paul never second guessed his tactics or wished he had done things differently. He only reminded them of his ministry and pointed them to the One to whom we must all give account.
Paul didn’t handle every situation the same and we should not expect others to handle things the same as we believe we would have. Every person in every situation is responsible for one thing, to serve, “…not as pleasing men but God which trieth our hearts.“
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Originally published at mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com on January 25, 2017.