When we face criticism, we often respond with anger, denial, or defensiveness, but that causes us to miss a great opportunity for growth. Paul shared wisdom with the Thessalonian church to help them persevere through challenges, and that wisdom can help us remain steadfast through obstacles, persecution, and criticism today.
There are few things more powerful than a community of people that is strong and healthy, but too often, communities are neither, focusing more on convenience, greed, and image management than supporting one another. In the Acts 2 church, we see an inspired example is possible when we become a community that gives life.
On Pentecost Sunday, the Holy Spirit came and filled the followers of Jesus, and because the same Spirit is present in us, we are never alone.
Life is richer when we share it with other people—as long as we can figure out how to live with them. At the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shares wisdom about how to live with other people in such a way that our life is built on a firm foundation.
Our anger is nothing more than our wounded ego, our not getting our way or what we want. And this is where Jesus comes in and has the answers to…