Paul commends persecuted Thessalonian believers for their faith in the midst of trials (2 Thessalonians 1).
He then prays a wonderful prayer for them. It’s what I like to call an “Our Part, His Part” passage, of Scripture.
1. That the Thessalonians will live worthy lives – our part.
2. That God will give them power to accomplish everything prompted by their faith – God’s part.
The “Our Part” of the Bible is often ignored in modern Christianity.
This is partly due to a popular description of God’s love not found in Scripture: “unconditional love.” If God's love were unconditional in every aspect, He'd have no expectations of us. But He does.
God's love is better than unconditional – it’s a love that refuses to leave us in our sin.
"Therefore,my dear friends ...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling [seriously and deliberately], for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose." Philippians 2:12-13
To read more about the incorrect use of "unconditional love": Better Than Unconditional
To do a short Bible study on this devotion examining several other "our part, His part" passages, check out today's Bite Size Bible Study.