Bible Chapter: 1 Thessalonians 3

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An Unexpected Result of Loving

How can we become more like God? There are many answers to this question, of course. But 1 Thessalonians 3 shows that one way we become more like God is by becoming more loving to others. As God makes us increase and abound in love, our hearts become more and more like the heart of God.

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Learning to Love from Others

God teaches us how to love in various ways. One of the main ones is through the example and inspiration of others. As we see people loving actively, even sacrificially, we will be led to imitate their actions. At the same time, when we act in love toward people, we will model love for others as well.

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Are You Growing in Love for Others?

How can we grow in love for others? There are many answers to this question, of course. The Bible shows us that God helps us to “increase and abound” in love for people. Often this happens as the Spirit points us to someone in need of love and helps us to know how best to love that person.

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Yearning for Face Time

Engaging with people digitally, including our work colleagues, can be a gift. But this gift has limitations.

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Destined for Difficulties

Being a Christian does not deliver us from life’s difficulties. But knowing Christ does give us access to comfort and meaning.

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You Are God’s Co-Worker

1 Thessalonians 3:2 refers to Timothy as a “co-worker of God.” Though we are certainly God’s servants who work under God’s authority and for God’s pleasure, there is a sense in which we are also God’s co-workers. That’s the way God set it up in the very beginning. God has chosen you as a partner in God’s good work in the world.

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