01 Mar Advice From the Apostle Paul
Read 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 (NLT)
Thought for the Day: “What would the Apostle Paul have thought about this?”
Often when I encounter something I find especially perplexing, I will seek out my Grandpa Cushing’s perspective before either making a decision or coming to a conclusion. Despite having died in the early 2000s, I remember him as being particularly wise and insightful. I often wish that my Grandpa Cushing would have written down a large chunk of golden bits of advice and insight. While he didn’t, I will now routinely ask my Dad (Pastor Stan) the following: “What would Grandpa have thought about _____?”
In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul took a moment to end one of his letters with a large chunk of advice. While he was specifically writing to First Century Christians in Thessalonica, his wisdom is still practical for us today:
-Follow the guidance of spiritual leaders.
-Don’t be lazy. Be patient with everyone (including the lazy).
-Instead of looking for revenge, do good deeds out of love.
-Have a grateful heart.
-Follow the Holy Spirit.
-Be careful about what/whom you choose to follow.
-Avoid evil in all forms.
When we encounter difficult issues and events today, let’s take a moment to seek out Paul’s perspective. Whether we come from a long line of Christians or are first-generation believers, let’s ask “What would Paul have thought about this?” Then, let’s re-read 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 and prayerfully apply it!
Pastor David (and Stan)