In Paul’s first letter to the church at Thessalonica, he reminded them of his coming to them (note Acts 17:1-9) where he stated. . .

 (1) For you yourselves know, brothers, that our coming to you was not in vain. (2) But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict. (1 Thessalonians 2:1-2 ESV)


  Paul rejoiced in remembering the response to the Gospel by these Thessalonians and the continued fruit their faith had produced. (1 Thessalonians 1:7-8) Having been mistreated at Philippi (see Acts 16:16-40), Paul and Silas continued on to spread the message of Jesus. They would not quit. However, their boldness was not in and of themselves, but as Paul stated it was in God as they declared the Gospel of God. Even in the midst of the conflict stirred up by those who opposed the message (Acts 17:5) Paul boldly preached.


   There is a battle for the souls of humanity. Varying ideologies wage war on the mind and heart. In light of this, we may not always be treated well as we seek to live according to God’s Will and draw the attention of others to Him. Nevertheless, as we keep our focus on God — rather than those who oppose Him and His Will — and continue acknowledging the Good News we are sharing is God’s message and not our own, let us remain bold in those realities. Ultimately the opposition is against God, not us! God is greater than the opposition and His Good News is too good not to share as those around us are provided the opportunity to respond to it. Yes, some will reject it, but there will be those who will accept. May we give them the opportunity as we keep our confidence in God and the needed truth of His Word and so continue to be bold in sharing the Good News of which all humanity is in need!




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