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.
In all of Paul's writings, he is often very thankful for the faith he sees in those to whom he writes. Seeing their faith and love in the Lord seems to greatly encourage him. Our journey in the Lord can greatly encourage others. What we do, how we live, does make a difference in our world. And it does make a difference to our brothers and sisters in Christ. This is the reason we gather with other Christians as the church of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 10:23-25 says to us, Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching. When we gather with other Christians, let us be mindful to give as well as receive from the time we share together. 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4 each have encouragement and instruction to us of how the body of Christ functions as a body, with each part doing its part to benefit the whole. What part do you play in the scheme of things? Even the little parts contribute greatly, even more than we realize.
And one final question for today? Can you look back over your life, even over the last year of your life or even over the last month of your life, and see that you are growing in your faith and love? It does us good to take a check-up every now and then. If we have gotten stuck, what is it that brought on that snag? What do we need to do to get past where we are? Lord, we bring this to You and ask You to help us to release this and move on in You. Thank You for Your life in us that is ever growing in us and propelling us forward in You.