v18 – Note the letter begins with an inspiring picture of Jesus. His opinion about us is what matters, not the opinions of others, nor our own feelings.

– Some questions to ask ourselves personally and in our local groups:

1. What has gone well? v19
– “We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 1:3 NIV11)
– Their love is not intellectual, but practical – Galatians 5:6; Acts 10:38.

2. What needs improvement? What is being tolerated? What sins are apparent? v20-21
– Jezebel: 1 Kings 16:31, 2 Kings 9:22.
– The baddest of all the bad girls in the Bible!

3. What will be the consequences if you do not pay attention to the things God has brought to your attention? vv22-24
– “I will kill her children with death”.
– Cannot hide behind Jezebel and blame her.
– ‘I will not impose’ – The lack of imposition of burdens likely refers to the council of Jerusalem (Acts 15:28).
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