Read Acts 17:1-6

This letter is from Paul, Silas, and Timothy. We are writing to the church in Thessalonica, to you who belong to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May God give you grace and peace. – 1 Thessalonians 1:1 (NLT)

Because our ways are not God’s ways, the Gospel is often a disruptive force in our society, making us uncomfortable with our lives. We don’t like change, and often resist God when He leads us into more forgiveness, more justice, more mercy. 1 Thessalonians was written to people who let God change them and lead them into new thoughts and new actions, even though that was not without cost.