A few thoughts!
Life is not a piece of cake, in fact it’s rather the contrary. However we who are born again must persevere! I wonder what kind of ‘severe suffering’ Paul was alluding to in his letter to the Thessalonians! They had accepted the gospel not only intellectually but in their heart with ‘the Holy Spirit’ and ‘conviction’. Further on Paul tells us that they ‘turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God’..What are idols?
Later on, Paul tells us that that their suffering was persecution ‘from their own countrymen’ so that they didn’t preach the Good News about Jesus-Christ. That sounds familiar nowadays!
My prayer for you brothers and sisters is that today we continue the ‘good fight’ and anointed in power by the Holy Spirit, we walk on the narrow path, guided by His voice. In the name of Jesus. Amen.