Friendships in Christ
Establishing Blameless Hearts Today
"so that He may
establish your hearts without blame in
holiness before our God and Father at the
coming of our Lord Jesus with all His
1 Thessalonians 3:13 Page
One day Jesus will
appear with all His saints, and we will rise
to meet Him. As we look forward to
that day, what will our hearts be like then?
Jesus works right now to establish our hears
without blame in holiness for the day Jesus
In 1 Thessalonians 3:13,
has just explained to the Thessalonians how
much the ministry team misses them, and how
they all long to see each other. Paul
focuses upon their love for one another.
Then Paul links that love to their holiness.
Let me emphasize this huge point again.
Holiness without blame comes, in part, from
having more and more love for the your
Paul uses the term "establish" here, and it
strengthen, make firm, or fix. In 1
Thessalonians 3:2, Paul used the same term
to describe the ministry team sending
Timothy to Thessalonica to strengthen their
faith. In 1 Thessalonians 3:13, Jesus
strengthens the faith of the Thessalonians
so that they will be blameless before Christ
when He appears with His saints. Paul
will develop this great promise of the
coming of Christ in the clouds where the
saints alive on earth will be caught up into
the air to meet Jesus, who is coming with
all the believers who have already died in
So, Jesus tells the Thessalonians that when
He increases their love for one another, He
also prepares them to be blameless in
holiness. As we love more, we become
more holy, that is, more like God. As
we saw yesterday, only those born of God and
who know God truly love with God's love.
Blameless also implies that we have not
missed opportunities to love and to share
God's love upon earth as His ministers.
Therefore, if you long for more holiness in
your life, then love more.
So, we learn some more about building strong
friendships in Christ.
Strong bonds of friendship form when we
love each other with the love of God, and
let Jesus strengthen our hearts in love.
● Strong bonds of friendship grow when
we believe that Jesus will cause us to love
more and more, so that we will stand before
Him without blame when He comes with all His
● We harm our bonds of friendship when
we do not love one another, and do not let
Jesus strengthen us to love more, so that we
will miss opportunities to love one another
before He returns with all His saints.
Application for Today
Today, I will see Jesus strengthening me to
love people more and more, so that He will
strengthen me to be without blame in
holiness when He appears with all His
saints. Will you let Jesus strengthen
your heart in blameless holiness today?