1 Thessalonians 3:12 – “… and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all…”
I am fond of Paul the pastor. Could Jesus’ apostle Paul be a little rough around the edges? For sure. Bold and confrontational with his words? Absolutely, and rightly so at times (see Galatians). But the one thing I look at when reading Paul pastorally: he was passionately indignant, zealous and driven in his love for the saints of Jesus’ church and for the lost.
So, I’m praying for Paul’s words here to the church in Thessalonica today and going forward. I’m praying for a deeper, Christ-driven love for our people. I’m longing for more of a heart to serve my neighbors (which includes my actual neighbors who live around me). But I’m praying this for our people as well. I’m praying as we drink from the deep well of the gospel of grace week in and week out, day in and day out, that God the Holy Spirit would cause a deep love for one another and for all who surround us on a daily basis in the Kennebunks, our neighborhoods, workplaces, schools and recreational hangouts.