1 Thessalonians 1:19-20 “What to do when life’s not fair”

Jan 13 2020

1 Thessalonians 1:19-20

“What to do when life’s not fair”

One of my Bible College teachers told me on the first day of class three things that were

keys to endurance in the Christian life:

1.) Life is not fair: We are often surprised when life has twists and turns which we can’t

anticipate. So instead of getting bummed out, remind yourself a head of time that “life

is not fair”!

2.) People are weird: We all know weird people, they may even pastor the church you

go to. The truth is sometimes we act weird towards others! The next time someone

does something weird towards you remember this simple truth, “people are weird”.

3.) Love covers a multitude of sins: This is the one thing that will enable you to have

perspective when “life’s not fair” and “people are weird”. You can’t change the

inevitable and you shouldn’t be so surprised about it, but you can respond in the Spirit

and not the flesh as love covers all sins!

Paul in 1 Thessalonians 1:13, tells new Christians how to maintain a walk worthy of God,

even when life is not fair, and people are weird!

CLING TO THE WORD OF GOD: The text says that there are three things that the

church at Thessalonica did.

A.) Accept it as from God: Paul uses two different words for “received”, (in the

N.K.J. the second word is rendered “welcomed”, in verse 13). The way that a

Christian treats the Word of God in difficult times will show how he regards

Jesus. “The Bible should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet.”

A.) Took it to heart: The second word here rendered “welcome” means to accept it

as one’s own! These guys did not just listen, they said “This is truth that we need

to make part of our lives.”

B.) Apply it their life: Paul says that the Word of God “effectively works”. The

word here is where we get our word “energy” which means to have “power in

use”. Paul’s point is that the Word of God doesn’t just change how you feel it

changes our life!

So, saints this is how to cling to the Word of God when life is not fair, and people are


• Value it with your mind!

• Understand it with your heart!

• Apply it in your life!

This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!