Memorize 1 Thessalonians 5:14-17
In the film The Shawshank Redemption, Andy pens these words in a letter to his dear friend, Red. “Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things…” I think Andy was onto something here. Hope is a powerful thing. Hope in the wrong things can drive us to do all sorts of terrible stuff. Whether we place our hope in man’s applause or our personal comfort, the resulting actions are never life-giving or good for our souls. On the contrary, hope in Jesus Christ and all of His promises results in fruitful and even delightful obedience on the path to holiness.
Paul’s letter to the church in Thessalonica outlines for us what is the essence of Christian hope. And that is, that Christ has sealed our pardon, granted to us the right to become children of God, and will bring about our final and full redemption soon and very soon, as He comes again to make all things new. Having just written some truly hope-filled words on Christ’s imminent return, Paul now gives us this string of commands.
May God cause our hearts to hope in and long for the coming of our Bridegroom and King, and may this living hope drive us to the fruitful and selfless obedience these verses require. Let’s memorize this together.