When Paul remembers his life with the Thessalonians, he uses many images of family, with incredibly tender words. “We were like infants among you,” “we were like mothers to you,” and “we were like fathers to you.” In the face of Christ, God woke us up to his love, and to the family of the light.
Have you ever bought something that wasn’t “authentic”? As we begin our series through the first letter to the Thessalonians, we hear of Paul’s encouragement from hearing about the church, and his encouragement to the church. He encourages them in the hallmarks of authentic Christianity: work produced by faith, labor prompted by love, and endurance inspired by hope in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, the true and living God.