2Thessalonians 1:3

2Thessalonians 1:3

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other.
2 Thessalonians 1:3

Paul, writing to this young church in Thessalonica, was so thankful to hear about their growing faith that Paul said he was bound or obligated to thank the Lord, for this was His work in them. He deserved all the glory after all. Likewise, you and I and the church are the result of God’s work through His Word and by His Spirit.

The Thessalonians faith had grown exceedingly, a compound Greek word meaning to increase beyond measure or be bursting at the seams. Their faith in the Lord and His Word allowed them to grow in this wicked, large city despite the tremendous pushback and persecution. And their love for all was growing as well. What a testimony to God’s work in surrendered lives. What do others thank the Lord for when they think of you? Today may it be your demonstrated faith and love!

Wanting to have faith and love on display,

Pastor Jack Abeelen