Words from the Heart for Saturday August 28th, 2021
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NIV)
You Accepted It
As of 2019, Canada has the eighth largest immigrant population in the world, while foreign-born people make up 21% of Canada’s population—one of the highest ratios for industrialized Western countries. In current Canadian law, immigrants are distinguished by four categories: Family -persons closely related to one or more Canadian residents who live in Canada, Economic: skilled workers, caregivers, or business persons, Protected person or Refugee – persons who are escaping persecution, torture, and/or cruel and unusual punishment and Humanitarian or other.
God chose human beings through whom to speak to the world. This makes the Bible so interesting, because we see the personalities of each author while recording what God had inspired them to write. Throughout history, however, there have been those who have denied that what these men had written was inspired by God. God knew this would be the case and so over and over the Bible speaks about its inspiration. Paul the apostle writes this in 1 Thessalonians 2:13: “And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.” The authors of the books of the Bible knew they were being inspired by God to write what they wrote. Paul certainly felt that when he spoke and wrote, it was God who was speaking through him. We are also called to believe that what we read in the Bible is the inspired word of God. By trusting this is so, we will be inspired to put into practice what God has spoken.
These have been words from the heart.