More Love… 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10

Posted: November 1, 2010 in 1 Thessalonians
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(1Th 4:9) But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;

(1Th 4:10) and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more;

In verse 9 Paul wanted to acknowledge the fact that they got this love thing. I should also point out that the word taught here literally means divine instruction, they were taught by God, it was written on their hearts to love one another.

In verse 10 Paul encourages them to increase more and more. But if they’re doing such a good job at loving, why would Paul need to say anything at all? Notice Paul says (and indeed you do so toward all the brethren) I think Paul was pointing out that your doing a great job loving their brother (Christians) now it’s time to move on to their Neighbor (people other then Christians).

For the most part it’s easy for us to love one another as long as we’re all Christians. But what about them that we come in contact with that aren’t Christians? Do we show them the same love? We should be, and I don’t just mean outward love that only they can see, I’m talking about the love that God can see. Let’s be honest, we can fake it pretty good when it comes to showing love to others. But can we fool God? In our minds we’re thinking, “Look at me love them, I’m being so nice, I’m having conversation with them, or I’m really helping this person.” But what is our heart saying? We’re all guilty of this at one time or another, and I’m sure the Thessalonians were too. I don’t think it would be a bad thing if we all strive to increase in love more and more.

  1. Eydee says:

    Too true; however, I sometimes struggle even to love our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ when we don’t meet eye to eye! Need to let that love flow out; need to let that grace flow out as well…:0)

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