Today’s Encouragement is 2 Thessalonians 1:3 ESV “We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.”
Your Faith is Growing –
These are solid reasons to give thanks! Growing Faith and Increasing Love! These are the hallmarks of ‘spiritual health’. We also recognize the spiritual health of others, ourselves, through these two factors.
The absence of growth in Faith and Love is clearly, the indication of spiritual ‘illness’ or ‘weakness’. And just as our physical condition changes gradually over time, often without our recognition, we gain weight, and our muscles slowly deteriorate without exercise. So it is with our Spiritual Health.
Friends, it is our spiritual health which rules our minds and bodies. And our spiritual life requires proper nutrition and exercise just like the physical. The nutrition is the Word of God… read, heard, sung, memorized, tasted, devoured, in snacks or full meals… and the exercise is similar, doing what God says… primarily Loving Him and Loving Others, which is also acting out our Faith.
All our ‘self-care’ efforts physical, emotional, and mental, are useless – if our spiritual health is lacking.
Choose Faith in Christ Jesus and grow deeper; Choose Love and live it out as Jesus did… these strengthen the spiritual being. This is Spiritual Health.
Father God, we need Your strength and power to do anything good, help us to grow stronger in Faith and Love, that we may grow closer to You and be a people who please You.
Great is Your Faithfulness