from Lynda Lindsey
Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. I Thessalonians 4:1
Regarding brotherly love: …for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more. I Thessalonians 4:9(b)-10
We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. II Thessalonians 1:3
More. More and More. At a continually increasing rate. More and more living in order to please God. More and more faith. More and more loving one another. In loving others more, we show love and devotion to the God of love, who commands us to love Him with all our heart, mind, strength, and our neighbor as ourselves. Sometimes the things we just can’t get enough of are not good for us. Sometimes those cravings come from our selfish desires to satisfy our own interests. But this instruction is not that.
Paul doesn’t merely ask believers to commit to a course of action; he urges us onward. To be urged toward a goal is to advocate reaching that goal with earnest, persistent, strong, and persuasive action. And Paul is a master of persuasion! So with urgency, with persistence, with all our strength, let us continually increase in holy living so as to please our Lord Jesus, both today and at His future return. Let us continually increase our efforts to love others with the love of Christ, bringing glory to God and enlarging His kingdom. Let us take every opportunity to develop and demonstrate more and more faith in whatever circumstances we encounter.
Our faith matures as we become more and more established in Christ Jesus. Our love multiplies as our faith grows deeper. Our actions reflect God’s character as we depend on the Holy Spirit to become more like Christ. Our lives, by example, demonstrate to both believers and outsiders that our faith is genuine and authentic, which then gives us credibility as we share Christ with the world. We can’t out-love God; but we can let His love shine through us. More and more. It’s a matter of urgency.