When we write letters to friends, we usually close the letter with a friendly close like “Sincerely, your name” or “Best wishes, your name.” The close usually shares a sense of warmth and friendliness.
In the New Testament, Paul wrote letters to Christians and various churches across the regions he visited. Just as we close our letters with a friendly closing, Paul would usually close this letters with a blessing to the readers. Today’s verse is a closing blessing to those in Thessalonica.
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all.II Thessalonians 3:16
II Thessalonians addresses the concern that the day of the Lord (the return of Jesus) had already happened. This fear was causing stress and anxiety in the church.
Paul’s response is that the day of the Lord is in future. He tells them to stand fast in the teaching and traditions they have been taught. He encourages them in II Thessalonians 2:17, to take comfort in their hearts and establish good words and deeds.
From this short letter, we see how fear was paralyzing and confusing the Christians in Thessalonica. Have you ever had an experience with fear? Did you notice how difficult it can be to think clearly and rationally when you are overwhelmed by fear?
Throughout the Old Testament and New Testament we find verses reminding us to “fear not” and we can trust in the peace of God.
As Paul closes this letter, he blesses the Christians in Thessalonica reminding them (and us) that Jesus is the Lord of peace. Jesus wants us to have peace always in every way.
How do you have the peace of Jesus? Let the words of the Bible penetrate our hearts and mind all day. When I struggle and need a verse, I just do an online search like this, “Bible verses on hope” or “Bible verses on peace”. I pick a verse that will help me.
In closing, Paul’s prayer, may the Lord of peace be with you today.