by Marvin D. Patterson

The Power Of Persistence
Marvin Patterson
1 Thessalonians 2:13-20

Adam had a conversation with the Lord one day after he was finished naming all the animals. He had noticed that every animal had a mate except for him. So Adam asked God if he could make him a mate also. Therefore, God told Adam, ''I will make for you a creature that will be the most beautiful thing to look at. She will always be submissive and in agreement with you, she will bring coffee to you every morning, prepare all your meals, and will bless you in many other ways.''

Being a little skeptical, Adam asked the Lord, ''How much will this cost me?''

God replied, ''An arm and a leg.''

Then Adam asked, ''What can I get for a rib?''


The Apostle Paul is writing to a group of young Christians who were growing in the Lord, but who also had come under persecution for their faith in Christ! Paul is encouraging them to keep on keeping on, and when problems come, remember that persecution is nothing new! If people were mean and cruel to Jesus, and the Apostles, and to Paul, then it might happen to you, as it does to these young believers at Thessalonica! But there is no time to give up on the Lord. He never gave up on us; therefore, we are never to give up on Him!

Robert Browning Hamilton has wisely wrote the following poem which illustrates the benefits of pain and suffering:

I walked a mile with Pleasure,
She chatted all the way,
But left me none the wiser,
For all she had to say.
I walked a mile with Sorrow,
And ne'er a word said she,
But, oh, the things I learned from her,
When sorrow walked with me.

So Paul points out what here that he is glad for the growth and faith seen in the church of the Thessalonians, but he is also sad for the persecution that they had endured in such a short time since their establishment in the Lord! And lastly, Paul says that even though he was not physically present with them, he was there in heart and spirit, and his pr ...

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