For our encouragement …

For our encouragement, let us read 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 – “According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.”  Our hope for the future is in the Lord. Shallow words like “Always look on the bright side of life” do not bring any comfort to the Lord’s people, who are looking for more than that. Our comfort doesn’t come from escapism, running away from difficulties. It comes to us when we face life’s difficulties in God’s strength. 

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