The Good Life

The Good Life

November 12

Read: 1 THESSALONIANS 4:9-12

What is the good life? I asked some friends this question, and they had many of the same responses: spending time with friends and family, living debt-free, and going on vacation. But the responses I heard the most were being at peace and feeling loved.

Paul writes in this passage from his letter to the church in Thessalonica that the life of the church is rooted in love. He encourages members of the church not only to continue to “love one another,” but to grow “more and more” in their love. We are living testaments to God’s love, and the world knows us by the love we show each other. It is out of this love that God’s peace flows, both for the church and for the whole world.

Dear Father, we pray that we keep love first as we seek to know and share your peace in our nation, in our community, in our families, and within our own hearts. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

About the Author

LaNiece Flagg || I am a bivocational pastor from the south suburban area of Chicago, serving as the manager of ministry services for the Develop Leaders mission priority at Covenant Offices and as the worship leader at New Zion Covenant Church in Dolton, Illinois. I also spend my time serving at Building Our Own Community (BOOC), a nonprofit organization in Dolton that facilitates a food pantry, a family advocacy center, and a robotics team for youth and communities locally and abroad. I am happily married to Dorsey Flagg. We have four children—Dorsey Ladarius, Darvell, LaNijah, and Donovan— and a dog named Charlie.

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