2 Thessalonians 1
How does faith and love for one another become greatly enlarged? I would suggest that it’s possible the fruit of persecutions and afflictions had caused them to excel still more.
They are enduring together! They are finding ways (possibly being somewhat forced) to love each other in ways they had never thought of because of the suffering.
Not to mention, the next chapter will expose that someone had taught them wrongly and they were disturbed about the Lord’s coming. Being certain of the Lord’s future return is essential to living by faith in the present. It’s very freeing to know that eternal life awaits us.
What will spur you on to love and faith like this? Is there any motivation in this text? Absolutely there is!
-You will be considered worthy of the Kingdom of God for which you are suffering.
-The Lord will repay with affliction those who afflict you.
-And he will give relief to you when he comes.
-Jesus will be glorified in his saints and will be marveled at among all who believed.
We must keep our eyes on what is to come not what’s happening today. Let the beauty of Christ and his promised rewards compel you to greater faith and love still.
Now’s the time for this. Amid afflictions and panic may we be steadfast and sure.
My prayer for us: 11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. – 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
I hope our response in these uncertain times will result in glory to Jesus! Look to him and point to him!