40 Days of Reflection Day 27:1 Thessalonians 5:9-11

Day 27For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing (1 Thessalonians 5:9-11).

When the father of Dylan Thomas lay dying, his son wrote a poem urging him to “rage, rage against the dying of the light”. For many people death is an absolute finality, to be met only with despair and anger and rage. As Christians, however, we should have a different perspective on death. Yes, death is real and death is painful, but if Easter means anything, it means that we have a hope that is steadfast and secure.

Today ask the Lord to show you how to encourage someone with the hope that is ours in Christ.

If you want to reflect further, spend some time at the cross as you read Luke 23:39-43.

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