There were so many things that stood out to me today, but I am going to focus on the section in 1 Thessalonians 4 and 5, that is titled "The Hope of the Resurrection" in my Bible.
First, in 4:14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with Him the believers who have died.
This gives us the hope and reassurance that we will see our loved ones again. I have a grandpa and two siblings that I have never met, but I have hope and reassurance through Christ that I will see them again. And these verses prove that.
Second, in 5:8 But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armour of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.
Be on guard because we don't know the day of Christ's return. While we are waiting, we will be "protected by the armour of faith and love". That is incredibly reassuring that God gave that to us. As well as "our confidence of our salvation" as our helmet. That's right, protecting your head is the confidence of your salvation. How confident are you in your faith? How much protection do you really have?
And lastly, 5:11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
Christ is risen from the dead, and He is coming back for us! Encourage fellow believers with these words of hope!