Thank You, My Friend in Christ

1Thessalonians 1:2-8

We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.  We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.  For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that He has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.  You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord, in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.  And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.  The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia- your faith in God has become known everywhere.  Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us.

The apostle Paul is very appreciative of his partners in ministry.Paul knows he needs others to share the mission of spreading the Good News as well as to bolster him when he is discouraged.  Paul’s gratitude prompts us to reflect on our own friendships rooted in a shared faith and a common mission.  Who are the people who have shared your journey and made a difference in your life with Jesus Christ? Thank God for them today.

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