Establish your hearts blameless in holiness

“Establish your hearts blameless in holiness”

(May 18)

The last 2 verses of today’s 1 Thessalonians 3 is specially thought provoking.

“… may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus.”

Read that again slowly! Can you imagine your heart being “blameless in holiness”?

Triumph of Faith over Idolatry, by Jean-Baptis...
Triumph of Faith over Idolatry, by Jean-Baptiste Théodon (French, 1646–1713). Church of the Gesù, Rome, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is the process by which he will establish our hearts in this way? One thing Paul is telling us is that this establishing of our hearts is the result of the way we

“increase and abound in love for one another”.

Love comes, as Paul sees it, in different qualities and quantities! Paul did not know when the Lord would return, just as we do not, but the expectation has grown increasingly high in recent years. We take note also that the establishing of our hearts “blameless in holiness” is “before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord”. It is what the Lord is looking to see at this wondrous time!

At the beginning of his Epistle Paul commends them for their

work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope” (1:3).

But note what we read in chapter 3 today! After being encouraged by “the good news” of their “faith and love” that Timothy (verse 6) brought to him, Paul writes,

“we pray earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face”

– and there is a particular reason for this earnest prayer! It is so that he could then

“supply what is lacking in your faith” (verse 19).

From what we had previously read we would have thought they had demonstrated a really good faith! Let us remember the emphasis in James’ epistle on this vital quality believers must possess.

“You know”,

James writes,

“that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (1:3,4).

It seems that what was “lacking” in their faith was some testing! They had done works of faith, but Paul knew it needed testing to make sure it would remain “steadfast” – a vital factor in establishing our

hearts blameless in holiness before our God”.

A vital lesson for us today! A faith testing time is coming on this world – there is no doubt about that – but is your heart established blameless and strong ready for that time of testing? We need to do a lot of heart searching.

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Additional reading:

  1. Faith
  2. Faith and works
  3. Partakers of the sufferings
  4. My Faith

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  • “How do we know God is at work in us?” [Sermons on 1 Thessalonians, Week 2] (openoureyeslord.com)
    Paul was in a terrible fix: he had been forced to leave his new disciples in Macedonia, and he was particularly uneasy about the new Christians in the second church, planted in Thessalonica. After all, hadn’t Jesus taught that sometimes the gospel mission ends in disaster? (Matthew 13:20-21)
  • rejoice, pray, give thanks, grow (derekmaul.wordpress.com)
    A church that rejoices, prays, and gives thanks can’t help but continue to rejoice, to pray, and to give thanks… and to grow.
  • Now I Know What it Really is (planet.infowars.com)
    Why people are hesitant to religion is because it’s being widely misrepresented.
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    The idea of “spirituality” on its own is nothing without guidance from the solid foundation of life. Every religion ever created by man curved off from the straight and narrow. Making their own path they strayed away from the truth causing many peoples of many generations to be lost. The Bible proved how often man has rebelled and still we are given freedom. The laws God placed on our hearts to express Christ in life and even in facing death if the time comes, are followed one in the same even on the farthest side of the Universe.
  • Where Is The Love? (kingdombusiness.in)
    I’m talking genuine, agape, this love that’s felt and seen through what we do, not just heard in the words that we may say, when it seems to be no other, this is the love that says; together, we “CAN” make a way, but where is it?
  • It Isn’t Ever About Me….But It’s About Jesus (brandinicolejm.wordpress.com)
    With Jesus as the head of my life, I know that I will overcome and be victorious in all things. Shifting my focus solely on Him and the plans He has specifically for me is imperative if I desire to win this marathon that I am running.
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