Grace At Work

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.
2 Thessalonians 1:3-4

What in the world is God doing in His church? Sometimes we may not see how He is working, but we must remember that He is always at work. Sometimes we have to look for evidence of grace. The Thessalonian church, however, made God’s work of grace visible. So Paul gives thanks to God for the evidence of grace that he sees in the church at Thessalonica. What did he see?

1} Their faith was growing abundantly. They were continuing to believe God’s word despite the severe persecution they were undergoing {see 2 Thessalonians 1:5}.

2} Their love for one another was increasing. This was a true sign that they were Jesus’ disciples {see John 13:35}.

3} They were steadfast in the midst of persecution and affliction. This steadfastness meant that they were remaining calm while they awaited the outcome of their suffering.

These 3 evidences of God’s grace in the Thessalonian church can easily be turned into 3 prayers that you can pray for the church. Will join me in praying that our faith grows abundantly, our love for one another increases, and that we would remain steadfast in the midst of trials? It will only happen by His grace!

Looking for evidence of His grace,
Benji

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