we ought always to give thanks to God

“We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.” 2 Thessalonians 1:3 (ESV)

More on the topic of Thanksgiving. But this time it’s Paul’s thankfulness for his “brothers” at Thessalonica.

Specifically, because their “faith is growing” and their “love” “for one another is increasing”.

I love the balance between the inward, personal “faith” and the outward, helpful “love”.

And how their “faith” is not just “growing” but “growing abundantly”. Such providence can only come from God.

Both are important aspects of the Christian life. Both are necessary elements.

I imagine one leads to the other. That their trust in the Lord results in greater “love” for each other as they become less distracted by worldly concerns.

And so how could Paul not be thankful?

Kim+

prayer : that my “faith” would “grow” and thus my “love” for my brothers and sisters in Christ would “increase”

action : pray for my fellow Christians