II Thessalonians 1:3 - “We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers [and sisters], as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.”
This simple prayer of thanks comes in the second letter the apostle Paul wrote to the church in a northern Greek city named Thessalonica. I think Paul had a big heart for their progress because the church started with great revival and then great persecution (see Act 17). Here, he tells them that he always gives God thanks for two things concerning them.
There are two ways to consider this prayer of thanks for today. The first is to note that we should thank God for the things that others thank God for in the Bible. In other words, if you wondering what to be grateful for, start with what Paul was grateful for and add this to your prayer time.
The other thing to do with this verse is to live out the things Paul is grateful for in these Christians as they are desirable for all Christians. 1) Today, live out a faith that is growing. Head in to this day trusting God more than yesterday with your money, time, relationships, etc….
2) And speaking of relationships, increase in your love for fellow believers. These two realities (growing faith and increasing love) are worthy of thanksgiving before God. Thank God for them in others, and become the thanksgiving in someone else’s prayer by living them.
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