Friendships in Christ
Praying for More Love Today
"and may the Lord
cause you to increase and abound in love for
one another, and for all people, just as we
also do for you;"
1 Thessalonians 3:12, Page
is the last time someone told you that you
were doing something very well, and then
followed it up with encouragement to do even
more? Most of us hear a lot more about
our failures than our successes. When
it comes to love, we all need to love more
and more and more.
In 1 John 4:7, we read: "Beloved, let us
love one another, for love is from God; and
everyone who loves is born of God and knows
God." We should notice several
important points from this verse.
First, only born-again Christians love with
God's love. Non-Christians may do many
nice things, but they will never love with
God's love, because they have not been born
of God and they do not know God.
Second, all love comes from God. While
our capacity to love with God's love starts
at the moment we receive the gift of
salvation by faith from Jesus, we only
exercise our capacity to love under the
direction of God. The Holy Spirit
bears the fruit of love in our lives
(Galatians 5:22, page 1825), and the first
and greatest commandment requires us to love
God with all our heart, all our soul, and
with all your mind (Matthew 22:36-40, page
When we put these ideas together, we see
that Paul commends the Thessalonians for
their great love, but also commands them to
love even more. Paul looks to the Lord
Jesus to increase their love for one
another, and for all men. Just as only
born-again Christians can love with God's
love, Jesus causes us to love more and more.
He empowers us to keep His commandments, for
without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:1-7,
Finally, Paul emphasizes that the ministry
team loves the Thessalonians, and trusts
Jesus to increase their love for them.
Part of having spiritual friends involves
watching Jesus develop greater love among
His family members. He builds greater
and greater love for each other, so that we
all thrive on God's love. Notice that
our prayer lives should be focused, in part,
upon praying for God to increase our love
more and more for the brethren.
So, we learn some more about building strong
friendships in Christ.
● Strong bonds of friendship form
when we pray that God will fill our lives
with love for God and each other.
● Strong bonds of friendship grow when
we actually love each other more and more,
with the love that only God provides.
● We harm our bonds of friendship when
we fail to pray for love and implement love
among our friends.
Application for Today
Today, I want Jesus to cause me to love my
friends in Christ more and more. Who
will you love today? Will you show them your
love? Are you praying for love today?