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Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the Week: Owning Your Emotions
Saturday, May 31, 2014

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Paul, Silas, and Timothy (see 1 Thess. 1:1) were no softies. They stared down some of the worst trials the ancient world could throw at them (2 Cor. 11:23-27). Yet they weren't callous either. They were deeply in touch with their emotions and motivated by a powerful love for the church in Thessalonica, even going so far as comparing themselves to a caregiving mother (v. 7). Real men are motivated but not controlled by their emotions. They use their emotions as a catalyst for making connections and encouraging positive change.

  1. How does Paul's example of living among the Thessalonians speak into your own efforts to share the gospel?
  2. What are some ways Paul strengthened and encouraged the Thessalonians?
  3. How can you strengthen and encourage your friends, family, and neighbors by being present in their lives and honest with your emotions?
  4. Drawing on this week's readings and today's study passage, what role should emotions play in a man's life?
  5. What are some ways you can show the people in your life how much you love and appreciate them?

Key Study Passage:

1 Thessalonians 2:7-12

Spend Time in Prayer: Thank God for the gift of emotions; ask him to show you ways you can be more honest about your feelings with the people you love.

1 Thessalonians 2:7-12

7 As apostles of Christ we certainly had a right to make some demands of you, but instead we were like children among you. Or we were like a mother feeding and caring for her own children. 8 We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God's Good News but our own lives, too.

9 Don't you remember, dear brothers and sisters, how hard we worked among you? Night and day we toiled to earn a living so that we would not be a burden to any of you as we preached God's Good News to you. 10 You yourselves are our witnesses—and so is God—that we were devout and honest and faultless toward all of you believers. 11 And you know that we treated each of you as a father treats his own children. 12 We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, you designed emotions, and they are a good thing. Please help me to keep my emotions in proper balance, and let them be a catalyst for loving you and those around me.

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Curt Schleicher

May 31, 2014  9:28am

Lord God i thank you for making me unique with an emotional makeup complete with crying and anger; and, laughter and caring. Daily allow me to improve upon expressing myself with these emotions in a balanced way to communicate more clearly with others. By assisting others in their work as best i can without being asked is one way i can let these emotions flow; to accept their compliments graciously and their criticisms constructively. But let emotions flow for the most part in balanced way each and eatery day. Amen.

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