11/29/2018 5:24:31 PM
Why do we tend not pay attention to verses like this?
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father…
—1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
Let us learn from Paul to remember brothers and sisters in prayer. Let us pray for each other giving thanks always for each other.
Let us learn also that Christian “works” are works “of faith.” We trust in Christ for salvation and we are careful to maintain good works in response to His grace—never to earn it, or to garner favors from Him.
Let us endeavor to “labor in love,”—never grumbling or begrudging, but doing all as worship to God for who He is and for His kindness towards us.
And let us remember that our “hope” is not a wish for the best, but a confident assurance that God will complete what He has started in us. And therefore let us be patient while we await His completion of His work in and through us—even if it seems like an insufferably long time in coming.