Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
“As you near the end of a long race, your legs ache, your throat burns, and your whole body cries out for you to stop. This is when friends and fans are most valuable. Their encouragement helps you push through the pain to the finish line. In the same way, Christians are to encourage one another. A word of encouragement offered at the right moment can be the difference between finishing well and collapsing along the way. Look around you. Be sensitive to others’ need for encouragement, and offer supportive words or actions.” (Life Application Study Bible 2020)
Life Application Study Bible. Zondervan, 2011. p. 2020.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Whoever pursues righteousness and love
finds life, prosperity and honor.
1 Thessalonians 3:7-10
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. 8 For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. 9 How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? 10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.
“During persecution or pressure, believers should encourage one another. Christians who stand firm in the Lord are an encouragement to ministers and teachers (who can see the benefit of their work in those who remain faithful), and also an encouragement to those who are new in their faith (who can learn from the steadfastness of the mature).” (Life Application Study Bible 2018)
“It brings great joy to a Christian to see another person come to faith in Christ and mature in that faith. Paul experienced this joy countless times. He thanked God for those who had come to know Christ and for their strong faith. He also prayed for their continued growth. If new Christians have brought you joy, thank God for them and support them as they continue to grow in the faith. Likewise, have you benefited from the ministry of others? Has someone’s guidance and faithfulness stimulated you to grow in Christ? Consider how you may bring some word of encouragement or some thoughtful gift. Let that important person know that you have followed his or her example by being faithful to Christ.” (Life Application Study Bible 2018)
Life Application Study Bible. Zondervan, 2011. p. 2018.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
1 Thessalonians 3:1-3
3 So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. 2 We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, 3 so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them.
“Some think that troubles are always caused by sin or a lack of faith. Trials may be a part of God’s plan for believers. Experiencing problems and persecutions can build character (James 1:2-4), perseverance (Romans 5:3-5), and sensitivity toward others who also face trouble (2 Corinthians 1:3-7). Problems are unavoidable for God’s people. Your troubles may be a sign of effective Christian living.” (Life Application Study Bible 2017)
Life Application Study Bible. Zondervan, 2011. p. 2017.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.