My apologies for not getting a Thought for the Day out the past few days. It has been a full week.
2 Thessalonians 2:7-12
“For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but only until the one who now restrains it is removed. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will destroy with the breath of his mouth, annihilating him by the manifestation of his coming. The coming of the lawless one is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs, lying wonders, and every kind of wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false, so that all who have not believed the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned.” NRSV
If you ever wonder where I get the readings each day, well, they actually come from a Daily Readings list designed around the Revised Common Lectionary. When I do move away from the list of readings it is usually because of how a Psalm from the daily reading of Psalms in my morning prayers spoke to me.
This morning’s reading is the New Testament reading for the day. Chapter 2 of 2 Thessalonians is one of the texts that, frankly, makes little sense to me, but it sure has fired up the imaginations of many others over the centuries.
Apparently, this is a message of judgment toward those who “refused to love the truth.” Deceivers always get their “just reward” in the end.
But, if you have a heart for the truth, then nothing in this chapter really matters. So I say, let’s continue to search for and cling to the truth, the truth that yields all those wonderful fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23, “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.” If we stay focused on the truth, feeding on its fruit, we have nothing to worry about.
Be a blessing to someone today!