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Watchword for the Month

“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and to the steadfastness of Christ” (2Tess 3:5)


Rev Mzwandile Tofile - November 2021

Greetings to you brothers and sister in the name of Lord and the chief elder of our Church, Jesus Christ. It is a beginning of the new month and I request you to meditate with me in the in Monthly watch word which is taken from the 2nd Thessalonians 3 :5. Which reads as follows “May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and to the steadfastness of Christ”.

The Second epistle to the Thessalonians was written by the Apostle Paul. In this epistle we recognise the word selection style, the doctrine which supports Paul’s authorship (2Tess 1:1-3). This letter is trying to discuss some misunderstandings about the coming of Christ. Some believed that Christ had already came, and they were left behind. While some were guilty of laziness because since they stopped working while waiting for the coming of the Lord Jesus to take them to heaven.

The focus point on this meditation is on the word “direct”. The translated Greek word here is ‘Kateuthynai’, which means to clear away obstacles, or simple to give guidance. Therefore, in this verse, Paul is calling on God to direct our hearts into loving him and to clear any obstacles which may prevents us from loving him back.

There are many obstacles which may prevent us from loving God or which may raise doubts towards him. For an example, we may be experiencing disappointments, betrayals, set-backs, financial constraints, poor economy on the land, the COVID 19 pandemic impacts on people’s lives. All these obstacles preventing us from viewing God and his love. We often focus on these challenges. This prayer therefore is to seek the guidance so that we may look at God beyond the obstacles.

The second prayer on this verse is that we may follow the steadfastness of Christ. Paul prayed for Thessalonians to follow the “patience of Christ” or endurance. The Thessalonian Christians were to follow the example and character of Jesus Christ. Even though they experience the political persecution and social pressure from the community. They needed to follow the example of Christ in suffering. In such challenges, one may decide to quite due to the pressure. However, we have to fix our eyes on him. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

God’s love is enough for all of us. Through the love of God, we have access to eternal life because he made a great sacrifice with his son. The Apostle John calls this the “real love” not that we have loved him, but he loved us by sending his son (1Joh 4:9-10). The positive thing about this love is that it benefits everybody without reservations.

Therefore, let us allow our hearts and minds into the unconditional love of God. This is possible if we allow the power of the Holy Spirit to work in us, to allow the Holy Spirit to capture our hearts and thought and not allowing other people’s wills to capture us. If we allow other people’s wills we will surely drift away. Our focus must only and always be on the love of God. We need to allow God to be the one who drives our lives because there are things which we cannot do on our own.

Let me close this message by asking you, “Who is the director of your heart?”

Rev. Mzwandile Tofile