14 May 2009


11 May God himself, our Father, and our Lord Jesus make it possible for us to come to you very soon. 12 And may the Lord make your love grow and overflow to each other and to everyone else, just as our love overflows toward you. 13 As a result, Christ will make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy when you stand before God our Father on that day when our Lord Jesus comes with all those who belong to him. (1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 NLT)

Paul clearly felt much love and affection for the suffering believers in Thessalonica. He wrote about his concerns over them and his prayers for them. He wrote about how much he missed them and wanted to see them face to face.

In these verses at the end of chapter three (of course there weren’t chapters when he was writing to them – just sentences and paragraphs) he writes a benediction. A Bene Dictus – Good Spoken Words – a kind of wish-prayer of blessing for them...

• May God make it possible for us to visit you soon.
• May Jesus pour his love into your lives so that it overflows on everyone nearby.
• May this love make you strong in faith and fully ready for Jesus’ return.

Paul spoke and wrote powerful words of blessing to the persecuted Thessalonians. His words had the power to make their pain a little less and their suffering a little lighter.

“Good Spoken Words,” words of Bene Dictus, mean a lot. Words spoken by friends, by parents, by leaders, are powerful – powerful for good or powerful to hurt.

I want to speak and write words that are “Bene Dictus” for people, words that bless, strengthen, and encourage; words that make the pain a little less and the suffering a little lighter; words that bring hope and help put things in perspective.


Father, may my words to other people – to my family, my friends, and to those whose burden is heavy and whose pathway is dark and difficult – be words of Bene Dictus. May my words help make their burden lighter and their pathway brighter. Amen.

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