1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.
Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may God so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
This passage reminds me that there is a great cloud of witnesses around us, that there is great love to be had if we only know where to look. I see that the writer begins with gratitude, with thankfulness, looking at his brothers, sisters, and siblings and saying, “I can’t imagine my life without you. I can’t imagine being a church without you. I can’t imagine doing this work without you.”
The writer here is encouraging us to begin with thanks, we thank God for each other. “How can we thank God enough for you for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you?”
Who are the people in your life who you are giving thanks for?
Who are the people that you can encourage? Call or text them today.
This episode was written and recorded by Kevin Garcia. It was produced by Jim Keat. Background tracks include Relenquish, Hearts Aflutter, and Bufflehead by Podington Bear.
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