“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.” (2 Thessalonians 2:16–17 ESV)
The church has been given a challenge to stay awake and not be swayed by those that desire to lead them away from the gospel. Instead stand firm in the truths of the good news of Jesus that was proclaimed to them, and in which they believed.
Paul then prays for them, and it is a prayer for us too. That Jesus would comforts us, give us peace, and establish us, keep us firm, in every work and word he has given.
This is the inclination that drives everything of our world. To gain some sense of comfort and to understand peace. For some that means control and harm to people; for others it means the avoidance of any conflict or hardship. For the Christian however, this is peace in the midst of violence and the hardships of life as well as the good times.
And it is sourced in the love and eternal comfort and hope we received by grace in Christ. So the cross of Jesus was not only about solving a cosmic spiritual problem, it was also about equipping us to live comforted and looking to the hope we have in him. This is what Paul is praying would increase in the church.
In this living then we accomplish the good works that Jesus has prepared for us. We proclaim the good news of forgiveness and purpose to a world wandering without direction. We share the peace we have been given.
So today, let us be reminded of the eternal comfort we have in the grace of Jesus. May God increase that sense in us and may we we rooted and firmly established in this hope as we live our everyday life and speak words of grace to others.
“When we accept the truth of what we really are and surrender it to Jesus Christ, we are enveloped in peace, whether or not we feel ourselves to be at peace. By that I mean the peace that passes understanding is not a subjective sensation of peace; if we are in Christ, we are in peace even when we feel no peace.” – Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child