1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV)
3 We 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.
“In thanking them all for their “work produced by faith” (probably Christian service) and “labor prompted by love” (probably manual labor), Paul is thus offering genuine thanks for those among them who are doing this very thing, even though for others it will be a matter needing correction. Thus rather than thanking God for them with Christian platitudes, Paul is in fact giving thanks for things that are both at work among them and at the same time need some correcting or bolstering. Fee, Gordon D. 1 Thessalonians (NICNT) (p. 26).
Prayer: Let’s thank God for the love that the Father has poured out on our churches, that we can experience the work of faith, the labor of love and the endurance together to hope for His glory. Let’s ask the Lord for even more of these works among us! Let’s keep at it!
Song: Here’s another oldie that many in the church used to sing in the early days. Not to just bring back memories, but the heart of prayer is right on! Shine Jesus Shine, (click here) written by Graham Kendrick.