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Prompted By Love

Angel Oak Tree, St John's Island, SC

Angel Oak Tree, St John’s Island, SC

I shared a verse not long ago with a friend in a thank-you for giving to the prison outreach of this ministry. I like the NIV version best because it shows us three important responses to the life we now have in Jesus Christ. “We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thess. 1:3, NIV.” These are faith, hope, and love…it sounds like something else Paul encouraged believers with, doesn’t it?

But notice here that your work doesn’t produce faith. Work (or works) is a result and fruit of a growing faith. Faith that is alive produces fruit. Any labor produced other than by love ends us being just that: work without the empowerment of love. “Through love, serve one another (Galatians 5:13).” You can’t endure life’s hardships in this world without steadfast hope, the anchor of your soul, grounded in the finished work on the Cross.

Keep growing in Jesus and His grace, and you’ll manifest His love in countless ways, inspiring and touching others.