1 Thessalonians 4:9-10 (NIV)
“9 Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more…”
Almost all of us as believers and followers of Jesus Christ seek to do good, especially to others. It is one of the ways we show our Christianity, as this was something that our Savior and the apostles always strove to do in ministry.
This is one thing that Paul wrote to encourage the church in Thessalonica. He had to leave them rather abruptly, and it was a church full of pagans who had recently converted to following Christ. They were under extreme persecution at this time as well.
Nevertheless, this church loved their brethren, as well as, those around them. Paul wrote the church while in Corinth to encourage them in their godly way of life. This can be seen in the first chapter or two of the letter, and also in (V.9) in our text above.
The apostle says he does not need to write them about their love for one another, for they had been taught by God to love each other. This sounds like a very simple and fundamental principle of our faith, and it is. And so many practice this as a part of their lives of faith.
But in the very next verse, as Paul applauds their efforts in this area, he implores them in the very next breath…Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more…” (V.10).
For you see, no matter how well we may be keeping the commands of God as His children here on earth, there is always “room for improvement!” We can endlessly have more faith. We can pray more often and more deeply, love with more conviction, study with more understanding and do more for others around us.
I know a man who is a good example of what I’m driving at. He has been a member of the Lord’s church for a long time. At the beginning of this new year, he finished a financial obligation he had been paying on for a good while. This put a few hundred dollars back into his personal budget.
He told his wife that because of this situation, he wanted to increase his weekly contribution to the church. He was always giving what he could and was a cheerful giver, as the scriptures instruct in (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). However, he found a way to excel in his Christian life by giving a bit of his increase back to the Lord…
If we take the time to think about opportunities we see to do more for the Lord in some way, or to be of more service to others, we ought to take advantage of them, as we can. Growing as a person in the body of Christ is a life-long commitment which only ends with Jesus’ return to this earth!
As it was with these vital Christians in the first century, let us make it so in the twenty-first century! Do the Lord’s will, and ever more so as we seek to show our Father’s love before Him and all other people for His glory!
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