1 Thessalonians 1:6-7

2 Chronicles 3

6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.

4 responses to “1 Thessalonians 1:6-7

  1. I looked in my commentary for these 2 verses, and I guess Paul is talking. He wants us to imitate what he is doing by imitating Christ. I dont know much of Paul, but it seems as if he was a true follower of Christ and wanted us to live our lives the way he did and follow Christ the way he did. Maybe not to the extent of doing every little thing that he did but I think he ment follow him the way he followed Christ in his relationship with Him for our relationship with Christ.

  2. If you know that your leaders and teachers are grounded in the Word, then you can follow them and walk in their example. Notice how they became imitators of Paul and Timothy AND of the Lord. This is because Paul and Tim were walking after the Lord.

    This is also an added burden to leaders. Since we know that people will be watching us and following our steps, every temptation that we yield to could be disaster for someone coming after us.

  3. the key I see in this passage of becoming an imitator is JOY— so many students view a relationship with Christ as a burden, a “have to” or something like that, but they dont view depth and intimacy as JOY— if and when we begin to view the things of God as joy, being happy, rejoicing, ect…then we begin to grow, but if our joy, our heart is not into becoming imitators, a reflection of Christ, we will never be able to become that!

  4. To find jOY inspite of severe suffering is an amazing thing that can only be brought when you follow God. To imitate the lord and follow him even when you face over whelming odds and challanges is testimony to what God can do for us and the joy that he brings in our lives.

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