Paul's worries about the difficulties the young church in Thessalonica faced are relieved by Timothy's report of their great faith and love which gives Paul himself great encouragement amidst his own difficulties.
The High Priestly Prayer
In contrast to the world's man-worshipping glory, John shows us a new category of glory reflected in the cross. John uniquely connects Jesus' suffering with glory. The cross is not the condition of glory. The Cross is God's glory. In giving the Father glory, Jesus reveals the nature of the Father's glory. We're being transformed from one degree of glory to another.
Rooting Out Bitterness
Sanctification is to be pursued along with peace. It is never loving to confirm people in their sin.
The Wisdom of Contentment and Community
The church is a community where people are transformed and come to experience and share God's love.