Relationships are complex, but they are the connections that allow us to minister to others. By understanding our multiple roles in someone’s life, we can help the hurting, lift the discouraged, and be the blessing God intends.
Commentary from the Turning Points devotional by David Jeremiah, September 13, 2021.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 beautiful imagery is used to describe the return of Christ. At that time we will be changed as we are “caught up…to meet the Lord in the air” (v.17). Earthly flesh and bones age, lose vitality, and succumb to the effects of sin. So God promised that the body of every believer would be transformed into a glorious one like Christ’s after His resurrection. In heaven, we will no longer have to deal with temptations or limitations of our present time-bound existence. Our bodies will be suited for the environment where we are to dwell forever – an ageless eternity in which all of our needs are perfectly met. Each believer will still be him- or herself. Friends and family long separated will recognize one another; our personalities will be unchanged, except that we’ll be sinless. And from then on, we will each be who God intends for us to be.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, February 27, 2021.
Unbelievers are in darkness, engulfed in mental, moral, and spiritual darkness because of sin and unbelief.
Believers live in a completely different sphere of life than those who remain in darkness. Because believers have been delivered from the domain of darkness, they are taken out of the night of sin and ignorance and put into the light of God and under the control of the truth. Because Christians are in the light, they should not sleep in spiritual indifference and comfort, but be alert to the spiritual issues around them.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Thessalonians 5:4,5,6.