2 Thessalonians 1:3 We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.
A very simple opening prayer in this second letter to the church at Thessalonica. Once again, Paul begins with thanksgiving, in this case for their faith, which is ‘growing more and more.’
If faith is ‘the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen,’ then a growing faith has more and more assurance that no matter what is going on around us in the world, God ultimate purposes will be fulfilled and his promised goodness will be realized, both in our lives today and in eternity.
When faith grows, love for others can grow as well, since a growing faith places its dependence not on ourselves or on others, but on him, giving us the ability to put the interests of others ahead of our own self-interest.
Who do you know who is walking by faith and showing love? Give thanks for them! And give thanks for those who are not there yet, but whose faith and love are growing.