Wednesday, December 27, 2017

1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence

of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

 

Christmas is over. The Christmas tree is dropping its needles on the carpet, and cookies are getting stale. You might feel like withdrawing from the world for a bit so you can recover from the holidays. But what God says here is that our love is to increase and overflow.

We cannot presume that our season of Christmas generosity and kindness towards our fellow human beings is over. If anything, now is the time for it to increase. The lights will soon come down and our homes and streets will look bare again, but love doesn’t take a break. We don’t put our Christian love away with the tinsel and trimmings.

Paul writes, “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow.” That means God is going to help us with this if we ask him. God is ready to strengthen our hearts and make us blameless and holy in God’s presence, but we have to decide this is important enough to ask for God’s guidance. God is dwelling in us through the presence of the Holy Spirit. God is able to infuse us with his love, his energy, his forgiveness and his holiness, to the glory of his name.

 

Prayer

Gracious God, I pray that your people will not flag in energy, just because the Christmas season is over. There is much to be done, in your church and out in our communities, until the time when Jesus returns and gathers up his people. May what I do today glorify you. Help me love others more fully because I know you are with me in all I do. In the holy name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

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