It was a rather challenging time for them, as they desired to live out their faith in Jesus. The area officials were against them; many of their neighbors were against them; anger and brutality seemed always to be a possibility. Not an easy time to follow Jesus at all. These sentences could be applied to many Christians throughout the centuries, across the globe, spanning cultures and languages, in cities, in jungles, in deserts, on islands. Living out our faith in the Savior Jesus, is something that millions have gladly done, just as we do today. We’ll be considering the situation for the Christians in Thessalonica, but looking at several passages in Paul’s first letter to them. Check our I Thessalonians 2:1-15 and then all of chapter 5. If you have the time and opportunity, also look at Acts 17. Why were these people being hated, attacked and threatened? What had they done? More significantly, what should they do? It’s our question, too! What shall we do? Paul says this. (Yes, Paul, who was taught directly by Jesus; Paul, who had been a wretched opponent of the Gospel, but who was brought into the richness and everlasting joy of God’s unmatched mercies.) Paul says this: “Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Why, I think that he might be speaking directly to us. We receive this word with much joy and eagerness to live in such a way as this!