The four paragraphs in our text today combine to present a singular message. In each of them Paul clearly expresses how much he loves them and how much he wishes he could be with them. We observe in particular that Paul loved the believers enough to really care about what they believed! He was anxious to know whether they had fully received the Good News of Jesus and whether or not their faith was growing and becoming mature. From this text we seek to pay attention to those in our own journey who loved us enough care what we believe about the story of Jesus - and we take time to express thanks for them. We also look around us and ask the question: who is there in my world right now that I need to really love - to love enough to care about what they believe; to help them grow in their understanding of the Good News of Jesus! We observe and join with Paul's closing prayer: "May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you." 1Th 3:12 NIV
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