With These Words By Scarlett Stough

The words we use can either encourage or discourage. We can either cause each other to lose hope or we can restore hope by what we say and how we say it. We need reminding often about the return of Jesus Christ and the hope we have in him because of the resurrection:

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

Therefore, encourage each other with these words.

…For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath, but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; 5:9-11

Bad things do happen in what Paul called “this present evil world.” Worse things will happen. Troubles are a fact of this life whether a person believes in Christ or not. But Jesus brought “good news.” We who believe in Jesus know he will return to establish real peace here on earth. He promised to intervene before we kill each other off completely (Matthew 24:22.)

At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
Matthew 24:42-44

There is no need to live in fear, trying to figure out the timetable of the end times. We just need to be about the business of living holy lives and encouraging one another with words of hope (2 Peter 3:8-18.)

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