“May the Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father (who has loved us and given us unending encouragement and unfailing hope by his grace) inspire you with courage and confidence in every good thing you say or do.” (II Thessalonians 2: 16-17, JB Phillips New Testament)
We have inspired support in our good endeavors. We can remember that we are not alone in our work and in our lives. We can turn to God for strength, releasing our doubts and our egos, and gain confidence in our ideas and pursuits.
God has loved us eternally. The Christ message has brought His goodness nearer to us, made this Love more humanly accessible, real, possible. God’s grace has shown us that we are worthy to live with dignity and with joy, to lead others by letting God lead us.
Human courage and confidence may feel like willful efforts. But true conviction comes from relying on God, being humbly receptive to all that He supplies to us so readily and graciously.
We can receive with gratitude this benediction and remember that God’s encouragement is unending. He made us to succeed, to live as the very ideas He saw fit to make and to sustain, to show forth His own qualities and His powerful purpose.
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