Christians: Heads up on some important info:
“Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, ‘peace and safety!’ then destruction will come on them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape…so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober…
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Let us put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation, for God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ…
“[And meanwhile] we urge you, brethren
admonish the unruly,
encourage the fainthearted,
help the weak
be patient with all men.
See that no one repays another with evil for evil…
seek after that which is good for one another…
Pray without ceasing,
in everything give thanks…
Do not quench the Spirit;
do not quench prophetic utterances¹.
…examine everything carefully;
hold fast to what is good;
abstain from every form of evil.
…pray for us.
“I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brethren. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”
–from 1 Thessalonians ch. 5
Be aware that the text of this chapter has been meddled with: parts deleted, “stacked,” colored, and italicized, to make certain things stand out. You should read the whole thing in its context. This can be easily used for a devotional, a brief study, a sermon–even if you do little more than read it as Paul (who wrote it) instructs. In fact, reading the whole letter can be useful.
¹ This refers to “forth-telling” as well as foretelling.