“To this end we always pray for you…” – 2 Thessalonians 1:11
- Hyperbole (n) – an exaggerated claim not meant to be taken literally
Have you ever met someone who always speaks in hyperbole? Do you see what I did there? In a sense, hyperbole is overstating a point to make a point. And the word alwaysjust happens to be the perfect adjective to transform almost any statement into a hyperbolical phrase. Hyperbole is a powerful communication and literary tool. If you don’t believe me, just stop and consider how many arguments powerfully escalate when hyperbole is used. For example, have you ever frustratingly said, “You always (fill in the blank)!” How was that received? Typically, it’s reciprocated with an equal or greater frustration of, “Really… ALWAYS?!”
Now to the contrary, consider how hyperbole can be used to make a positive point. In essence that is exactly what Paul is doing in 2 Thessalonians 2:11. When he says, “To this end we always pray for you,” we all understand that he hasn’t stopped everything in life to do nothing but pray for this one church. What he is communicating is that, “I pray for you as often as I can.” He’s communicating a love and concern for this church that is worthy of a hyperbolic declaration. You see, Paul is consoling this church. He’s seeking to comfort and encourage them in a time of hardship and pain. It makes sense, doesn’t it? When a person needs consoling, we’d say, “I am praying for you non-stop!” We’re not lying; we’re communicating the depth of our concern for the person. This Sunday, we are going to gain “Confidence in Gospel Consolation.” In the midst of heartache and pain, God offers us promises that will console our heart. With the journey we’ve all been on, I am “confident” that this text will meet you right where you are. Take some time to look over this week’s passage (2 Thessalonians 1:5-12) and consider the relief and consolation the Lord has promised to you.
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