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Paul was convinced of something...that God loved, and chose this little community in Thessalinica. He says, so here in verse 4, we know dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you, and has chosen you to be his own people. Now, it was no small thing for Paul to say such things. For Paul to have such an opinion of these people, for Paul to look at Gentile people who were different from him, people who had not kept kosher, people who had not adhere to Jewish laws and customs. Paul would have grown up thinking these people were not loved. They were not chosen. So for him to be convinced otherwise now, was a huge thing. It was evidence of something really big happening in Paul's mind and heart. It was evidence of Paul having encountered Jesus. That's what Jesus will do. He will change how you see others. You'll begin to see others, those outside of your community the way God sees them. He sees them as loved, and chosen. meet Jesus. And you'll see that too. Any theology that is void of an encounter with Jesus will fail to see this. Most often, it'll instead begin to suffocate this amazing news to the point where it only applies to those people that are like me or, like us, my race, my politics, my theological persuasion. But when we encountered Jesus, you like Paul, will have a radical revolution in your mind and heart. You'll start seeing and proclaiming this news to everyone, not just your own people. Paul describes this in verse 8, where he says, and now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia, and these people were also having an encounter with Jesus. And the results were the same. Now, people everywhere were awakening to the reality that they too, are loved. They too are chosen of God. And the prayer of my own heart today is that I will encounter the one who changes the way you see the way you think. So that the parameters of God's love in my own heart will extend to the world. That's the prayer that I have for my own soul. That's the prayer that I have for my family for my wife, my daughters, my son. And that's the period that I have for you. May it be so
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