Our scripture this morning is ‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:2-4.

“Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us. Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction. He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God.”

We have been told that we will not know the time that the Lord will return. The disciples asked Jesus after the resurrection if it was time and He told them “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know” (‭‭Acts ‭1:7‬). While it may be easy to think we are living in the last days, Jesus tells us to be strong in our faith and persevere.

The dissent and discontent we are experiencing is not new or unique to our time. God’s people have suffered oppression and disagreement since the first days of the church. We are called to find ways to live together in peace despite our differences.

If we can listen to each other’s concerns honestly, intending to understand rather than contend, we can begin the healing process. We may never be in complete agreement but we can certainly treat each other with love. Jesus showed us how to be in connection with God and our brothers and sisters eternally.

Heavenly Father, we are thankful for all Your blessings. Help us to live in the light of Your love, sharing the joy we have found in You with all the world. Amen.

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