Increasing in Love to the End (1 Thessalonians 3)

Love

1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 says:

…may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

These verses talk of God pouring out His love in our hearts that we may love others in increasing measure. I don’t know about you, but that is convicting to me!

Paul goes on to give us a reason for this exhortation. He says, it is so that “your hearts blameless in holiness before our God”. A heart abounding in love is going to be made holy before God! Wow.

But there is a greater context to this again. This holiness that comes from the outpouring of God’s love is being perfected in preparation for the second coming of Jesus!

I’ll put it this way. Why does God want our hearts full of love and so, blameless in holiness before Him? Because He is preparing us – His people – for the return of His Son, Jesus.

Jesus is coming for a pure and spotless bride. He is wanting to find a people with loving and holy hearts before their God. That is what is required of the the bride.

PRAYER: Father, pour out your love in my heart. Fill my heart Lord with your love. Let me know your love and hunger after your love more and more. Create in me a pure heart Lord, in Jesus name, Amen.

 

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