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1Thessalonians, Chapter Three, Lesson Two

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V.11 (cont'd.)

** So what is the first thing for which Paul hoped?

That God may direct Paul's way to his beloved Thessalonians. That is exactly how he came to Thessalonica the first time. All see - Acts 16:6-10

V.12 ** And what was the second thing for which Paul hoped?

"may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all men..."

For every Christian - if we find ourselves growing in love for others, we can know that it is the Lord Himself causing that growth. We could never do it. cf. 1Corinthians 3:4-7

** From where would the Thessalonians be able to draw an example of this kind of love?

From Paul himself..."just as we also do for you"

** So if their affection for others was growing, how would it show itself according to Paul's example in verse ten?

They would be "most earnestly" praying for one another "night and day".

V.13 ** As we move into the last verse in our passage for today, let's gather up some of what we have learned. Who causes the growth in the heart of a Christian?

The Lord does (to perfect His work in us). cf. Philippians 1:6

** When He does that, what increases?

Love in our hearts for other Christians and for all men! That love will drive us to pray earnestly for everyone we know.

** OK - now here in verse 13, what does that accomplish?

God uses our love for one another (which He caused to grow) as a verifying testimonial on our behalf which establishes our hearts "unblamable in holiness" before Him. This is nothing short of amazing! God proves we are genuine, blameless and holy all based upon the love in our hearts which He placed there and which He causes to grow!

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