“Increase and Abound…”

February 20, 2021

“Increase and Abound…”

Blessings folk!

Paul has told the Thessalonians how much he desires to see them again.

He moves into a “doxology” type of statement.

This “ends” the third chapter (remember, versification and chapter division are man-made).

Give close reading…

1 Th 3:11-12

Now may our God and Father Himself and Jesus our Lord direct our way to you;

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;

Paul is asking for God/Father and Jesus/Lord to direct their way to them.

He then asks for the Lord to cause something in them…increase/abounding in love for one another and for all people.

It is the Lord that causes love for one another.
It is the Lord that increases.
It is the Lord that causes abounding.
It is the Lord Who directs.

Do we call for this among one another?

Increase in love for one another.
Abounding in love for one another.

Such is the Kingdom!
Allow the Lord to direct our way.

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