The Law of Connection Part 19
Empowerment Precedes Imperative-Ephesians 1:1-14
Because Paul believes he needs to give before he asks, he reminds us of our choice position in Christ: chosen (Eph. 1:4); predestined (1:5); accepted (1:6); redeemed (1:7); informed (1:9); heirs (1:11); and sealed (1:13). He declares what God has done for us before demanding we do anything for Him.
Paul Mentors-1 Thessalonians 2:7-12
Although Paul had met with this young church only three Sabbaths, he longed for them like a parent longs for child. As Paul mentored his "children," he developed a parental, coaching relationship with them. Note how he describes this relationship:
We were like a gentle, nurturing mother to you (v. 7).
We shared not only the good news, but also our very lives (v. 8).
We worked hard not to burden you with our needs (v. 9).
We strove to be an example while among you (v. 10).
We dealt with you as a father deals with his children (v. 11).
We encouraged you to live up to your potential as God's children (v. 12).
Relationships grow stronger when those involved share common experiences (vv. 17-20); continual encouragement (vv. 2, 6, 7, 9); concerned expressions (vv. 1, 3-5); and challenging expectations (vv. 8, 10-13). Good relationships both comfort and stretch.
Join me next time for The Law of Connection Part 20