Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may live properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.1 Thessalonians 4: 9-12
In this space, we often talk of the Christian life as a journey. Sometimes we fall or stumble, but the grace of God compels us to get up and take another step.
In today’s passage Paul encourages the church by commending their love for each other and for the believers all around as they have “taught by God.” And he wants them to take another step and grow in their brotherly love “more and more.” He urges them giving us a picture of someone pleading. Maybe he is cheering them on as he coaches them as they follow Christ.
Now for some questions particular to me…
- Am I growing in my faith?
- Am I bearing fruit?
- Does anyone in my life notice?
- What about people who are on the outside looking in on my life?
- Am I living “properly before outsiders?”
What questions would you ask yourself?