It is a common saying that there are many people who are neither well when they are full nor when they are fasting. There are some people who are of such irritable and unpleasant dispositions that no matter what condition they are put in, they are obnoxious. There are some who have unpleasant hearts, and they are unpleasant in every circumstance they encounter.
Chloe's only hope of curing her discontentment and unhappiness is learning the . and besetting sins, it's hard to view what is happening in my life as Like Chloe, our dissatisfaction with life will inevitably lead us into a cycle. You might say that as Christians, we are never without hope. And, you are correct . There is never a time in your life where God will abandon you. But your times of . And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how Dena Johnson is a busy single mom of three amazing kids. Her greatest.
Sick or healthy, single or married, rich or poor, fruitful or barren, hungry or stuffed — regardless of the circumstance — we can find a way to be discontent regardless of our plight in life. The human heart is impossible to satisfy with temporal conditions or earthly goods.
We always want more. Life could always be better. Alexander, with all the world at his feet, cries for another world to conquer. Satan is the master of mixing lies with truths. How can sickness, suffering, and other tragedies be considered mercy? There is no calamity or tragedy that we can face that is worse than the holy wrath of God.
At the same time, there is no earthly pleasure that can compare to the glory that is to be revealed. This is how the apostle Paul faced suffering: This perspective enables us to suffer well, knowing that the best is yet to come. But we can go even further. As we fight daily against discontentment, we must interpret everything that comes our way as a reason to rejoice. Have good thoughts of God and make good interpretations of his dealings toward you. It is very hard to live comfortably and cheerfully among friends when one makes harsh interpretations of the words and actions of another.
The only way to keep sweet contentment and comfort in Christian societies is to make the best interpretations of things we can.
Imagine if we truly believed what the Bible says about how God sees us. It would transform the way we interpret all his actions as mercies. Like Chloe, our dissatisfaction with life will inevitably lead us into a cycle of discontentment, sin, guilt, and depression if left unchecked. Discontentment will eventually lead to sin, sin to guilt, guilt to depression, and depression back to discontentment.
When Paul wrote this letter, the church in Thessalonica was less than a year old, so these were very young Christians struggling to affirm their identity in Christ within a pagan culture hostile to their faith. Everywhere they went, pagan gods and the pagan life renounced in baptism confronted the Thessalonian Christians.
Be with my friends who are hopeless today, struggling just to get out of bed in the morning and make it through the day. He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Don't turn to sinful behaviors to try to escape the pain of the tough circumstances you experience; doing so will only make your pain worse. We have to be honest with ourselves. They are addressed not only to Christians who lived almost 2, years ago, but to Christians in every time and place. And he praised them for holding fast through trials and suffering.
But while the Thessalonians may have been young in their faith, they were also resilient. Paul alluded to a persecution they endured. And he praised them for holding fast through trials and suffering.
But there was a problem. Some of the Thessalonians had died. But we do know that these deaths shook the faith of these Christians in ways that perhaps even persecution did not. We can endure so very much. But losing people we love cuts to the core of our hearts. Add into the mix the fact that the Thessalonians believed that Jesus was returning at any moment to set all things right, and the stage was set for a crisis. These early Christians fully expected that they would experience the Second Coming in their lifetimes.
It could be today or tomorrow, or next week, next month, or next year. Were their loved ones forever lost? It may not be easy for us to put ourselves into the mindset shared by the Thessalonians, for not many Christians today live each moment expecting the return of Jesus.
That is a core tenet of our faith. Even so, there are parallels in our experience with the confusion and grief of the Thessalonians.
They are addressed not only to Christians who lived almost 2, years ago, but to Christians in every time and place. They are addressed to you and to me. We believe that Jesus died and was raised to life. We also believe that, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. By contrast, Paul wants us to live without fear and free of the weight of grief. And so he lays out a vision of hope in which death is no longer the end, but rather the doorway to new life.
If the belief that Jesus died and was raised to life is true, if God really raised the dead Jesus from the grave with a body that is no longer subject to disease, death, and decay, then something akin to overturning the law of gravity has been unleashed into the world. Death is no longer a one-way, dead-end street.
So what happens to persons who die in Christ? Paul addresses that concern by using the metaphor of falling asleep.
This is so very important, because it reassures us that those who have died are not lost or annihilated. Just as sleeping persons are temporarily separated from the activities of waking, conscious life, persons who have died are separated from the activities of bodily existence.