Practices

4.2 – Assurance of Strength – 2 Thessalonians 3:3

Memorize 2 Thessalonians 3:3

The Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one (NRSV).

The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one (NIV).

Reflect on 2 Thessalonians 3:3

  • Read Paul's benediction to the Christians of Thessolonika in the NRSV, the NIV, or The MESSAGE.
  • Paul asks the church to pray for two things: that Word of the Lord would spread quickly and that Paul and his companions would be rescued from evil people.  The basis for this hope is contained in the above verses.  What is Paul depending on?  What are you being invited to depend upon?
  • Our modern ears often ignore or downplay words about evil people or the Evil One, (daibolos – "devil" in the Greek, ha-satan – "the enemy" in the Hebrew).  Step back and honestly examine your workplace, school, neighborhood, community, and world.  Where do you see evil?  What do you need from Jesus so that you can guard against the Evil One?