Paul again discusses the persecution that the believers at Thessalonica are experiencing. He reminds them that every ounce of heartache, hurt, and struggle will end on that final day of redemption. When we walk through those pearly gates, all our pain, illness, disease, despair, impatience, frustration, and sadness will disappear. It is vital that all Christians grasp this truth. If we do not, we will live in anger towards God, because He did not do what we wanted or did not keep an unmade promise. We must, instead, accept the truth of John 16:33 which says, "these things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." Did you notice the promise in that verse? He promised that we would face tribulation. God did not promise a perfect or pain-free life; He promised a life that encounters hardship, persecution, and tragedy. He also promised that He would deal with those who have hurt or offended us, His kids. We do not have to seek revenge, because His vengeance is far deeper and more devastating than ours. As a Christian in the midst of the storms of this life, have you determined to keep on serving God no matter how difficult it is simply because you now know that the end of all that junk is only found in heaven? As a Christian living amongst people, have you determined to forgive a person as soon as they hurt of offend you, because you know without a doubt that God will take care of it on your behalf.

Help me, Lord, to see my problems and hardships as temporary knowing my future home will have none of that. Help me to stay faithful in my walk with You no matter what people say or do to hurt or offend me.