Sunday, May 17, 2009

Imparting Gospel/Life

{Care for a sneak peak into my life journal? These are devotional thoughts and word studies from my morning trysts with the Father; NOT in depth, inductive study.}

"Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us." 1 Thessalonians 2:8 (New American Standard Bible - Observation)

This chapter speaks of Paul and company's sharing of the gospel with those who resided in Thessalonica. It also speaks to the behavior of those who heard the gospel.

Words I Love (Interpretation):

affection - Strongs #2442 - strong affection, yearning, longing and desire

impart - Strongs #3330 - give, share, impart

lives - Strongs # 5590 - PSYCHE - breath, life, soul (essences apart from body, set of feelings, desires, affections, eternal)....word is rendered "heart" in Eph 6:6 and Col 3:23 (heartily)

Life Lessons (Application)
  • Paul's sharing of the gospel was evidentially credibly and relationally relevant.
  • He shared not only the right WORDS but his very LIFE/SOUL with those he sought to introduce to Christ.
  • All was done so that new believers would learn to walk in a manner worthy of God.
  • In my own circle, its important to build relevant relationships as I seek to introduce others to Christ. THIS is at the heart of evangelism as I'm called to walk it out.

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~ Coram Deo ~
Living all of life before the face of God...

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