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; so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The world knows we are Christians by our love, for them but also for each other. Bickering and back biting among Christians only turns the world against us and God. Love will never cease for God is love. Because God is love, we should be love also and ask Him to grow His love in us so that the world may see His love. In this way, we will be established as God’s church, built upon the foundation of Christ. It is confirmation for us that we are His children and walking in His ways, being given the fruit of His righteousness and sanctified by the work of the Spirit. One day, when all is made right, we will become perfect, holy and blameless as Jesus is. Until then, we have His covering so that we appear that way before God as we are working toward that end here on earth. It is that increase of His love in us which establishes and perfects us. Is that something you seek, to be made perfect in His love? Do you desire to grow more like God? Ask for His love to grow in you. Seek to love others genuinely. Study the love God has for you and appreciate it fully so you can pass it on.
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