Paul’s two letters to the Thessalonians are deeply personal. Although he was encouraged by their faith, hope, and love, Paul was still mindful of their vulnerability. So he wrote to build their spiritual muscles, helping them live faithfully while awaiting Christ’s return. Full of encouragement and exhortation, their prophetic insights will keep you focused on what is truth as we look to Christ alone to be our faithful strength - no matter how difficult the future may appear.
The book of Titus reminds us that right beliefs should impact every area of our lives - relationships, work, community - for right living always accompanies right doctrine. In today’s culture, we need this prophetic reminder that the grace that saves us is the same grace that empowers us to live a life of good works!
Finally, Philemon is a letter written with one purpose: to bring reconciliation between two brothers in Christ. We should be grateful to God for gifting us this letter because the dignity of every human being is brought forth powerfully in the story of Philemon and Onesimus - a story of forgiving love.
What treasures are found in these letters! They will leave you richer in your spiritual life and empower you to persevere until the day Jesus returns in glory.