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

– 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org, Author of Making Sense of the Bible

We often think that modeling what it means to be a follower of Christ means to produce an image that looks polished or “sharp”, but the believers in Thessalonica were known for their severe suffering. We have returned to those difficult times in the Middle East, where our brothers and sisters are being killed for the name of Jesus Christ. May they stand as a model to the rest of us, and may we stand in unity with them and model Jesus’ love for his church.

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