Final Instructions from a Spiritual “Mom” and “Dad” Before the “Big Event!”

It’s an important, big event – I mean BIG event! – They’re the ones called “the catching away” [or the “rapture” and “the Day of the Lord” – 1 Thessalonians 4:13 – 5:11)!

In light of this, Apostle Paul – the Thessalonian believers Spiritual parent (Acts 17:1-8 cp. 1 Thessalonians 1:1 – 3:12) writes his Spiritual children like a caring “Mother” (1 Thessalonians 2:7) or a concerned “Father” (1 Thessalonians 2:10-12) would!

He gives his Spiritual children these important, final instructions to help them prepare for “the BIG event” – the biggest event of all, the “Day of the Lord!”

Now, you remember those final parental instructions from Mom and Dad as you prepared to go out for a big event – I mean a “BIG EVENT” – don’t you!  Oh, the reminders, the cautions, the assurances – even their final touches to your appearance while they were talking to you!  Well, Apostle Paul, their Spiritual parent, has a similar conversation in his letter to the Thessalonian believers to prepare them for “the BIG EVENT!”

And it’s a conversation we should heed as we prepare for our future with Christ as well!  Here are the aspects of it (From 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22)…

  • Respect and honor for those “who are over you in the Lord!”
  • Maintain peace and unity with fellow “brothers and sisters” in the Lord!
  • Admonish the idle!
  • Encourage the discouraged!
  • Assist those who are weak!
  • Show patience (not impatience) with one another!
  • Don’t fall into the trap of retaliation – repaying evil for evil!
  • Seek to “do good to one another (and everyone else)!”
  • Rejoice! Rejoice!! Rejoice always!!!
  • Pray continually about everything and anything!
  • Give thanks to God in all circumstances!
  • Don’t do anything that would grieve the Holy Spirit!
  • Test everything (do determine what is genuine)!
  • Keep – cling to what is good!
  • Steer clear – avoid – every form of evil!

Now, I paraphrased Apostle Paul’s final instructions a bit, but I think I’ve treated them fairly!  The “BIG EVENT” is near for all of us – “just around the corner!”  I know the list is long, but we do ourselves (and others) a favor if we heed Apostle Paul’s instructions!  Don’t get frustrated with the “final instructions” of a concerned Spiritual parent… let’s listen closely and heed what they urge us to do!!

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