Some years ago, Dr. Karl Menninger, noted doctor and psychologist, was seeking the cause of many of
his patients’ ills. One day he called in his clinical staff and proceeded to unfold a plan for developing, in
his clinic, an atmosphere of creative love. All patients were to be gi … More
Though sexual impurity is a danger to be avoided (verses 3-8), loving other Christians is a practice to be cultivated (verses 9-12). Christians quickly learn that they have a special kinship with other believers that they do not have with those outside of God’s family. You will especially notice this if you live in a family where they do not know the Lord but you have friends who do.
In this passage Paul tells the Thessalonians how we should abound in love:
How does God cause our love to increase more and more? He does it by putting us into circumstances that force us to practice Christian love. Often the difficulties that we believers have with one another are opportunities for us to grow in love.
What have I done in the past week to show my Christian love toward a brother in Christ? What could I do to increase that love with someone who may be hard for me to love?
Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more....
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I Thessalonians 2:13-16Persecution is Bound to Come
I Thessalonians 2:17-20Three Motivations For Christian Growth
I Thessalonians 3:1-5Paul’s Concern For The Believers
I Thessalonians 3:6-8Remember Where You Came From
I Thessalonians 3:9-13Prayer Changes Things
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