It’s strange how much people pay attention when you talk about sex, but how uninterested people are when we speak of love. I suppose it has something to do with the very sensory nature of sex and how we at the very least minimize the emotional connection involved.
But I wonder if this enormous preference for sex rather than love comes from an innate sense that love is a lot more work. It requires putting the needs of someone else ahead of our own, valuing another more than self. I suppose that is, in the arena of sexuality, the difference between engaging in sexual intercourse and, as the raggedly mis-used term goes, making love. One is focused upon self, the other upon the partner.
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As we continue in 1 Thessalonians, we see that Paul has spent the first three chapters celebrating and encouraging them in their faith. If you and I have the same kind of faith – a faith that endures together, that presses on – shouldn’t we be ok just to hold on? Do we really need to go further in that faith?
We’ll look at Paul’s answer to that question here in 1 Thessalonians 4.1-3a.
Will you take one of these next steps today?
Father, show us the way to lean in to your transforming work because recognize that our Real Life Faith is Yet Unfinished.
A couple of years ago my wife and I experienced a separation anxiety that we had never before tasted. We had sent a few kids off to college by then. We had sent one to China for a month. We’re not the ultra-clingy type of parents that can never be away from our kids.
But this time was different. Our oldest son and his lovely wife went to spend a year serving in Honduras (read about it on Lessons from Honduras). Within a couple of months of arriving in the small town in western Honduras, our son contracted dengue fever. He was very ill. And we were very scared.
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