“Therefore, brethren, in all our affliction and distress we were comforted concerning you by your faith.” 1 Thessalonians 3:7
This was an extremely hard time for Paul. We just got finished reading about how he longed to be with these people, not for selfish reasons, but to help mature their faith in the Lord (which we will see in the next couple chapters of how he will help answer their questions). In verse 10, he writes, “Night and day we pray earnestly for you, asking God to let us see you again to fill the gaps of your faith.” There was nothing he loved more than to see people turn to Christ and grow in their faith. It gave him genuine joy (verse 9).
Paul was committed to Christ, which in turn, committed him to loving God’s children.
Have you had a friend like Paul? Or maybe a mentor? Someone who prays for you earnestly, gives you the encouraging verse you needed, or gives you a simple hug right when you felt like you were at the end of your rope. Are you picturing that person? Good. If you have/had someone in your life to make that kind of impact, you should consider yourself extremely blessed. I know I do. Whether its one person or a handful of friends, I want you to thank at least one of them this week. Tell them how much they mean to you and let them know the impact they’ve had on your life.
When we have friends that touch us in ways that we can’t explain, we can take that same encouragement we received from them and give it to someone else. Whatever God has given to you, it is also meant to flow out of you. We are all called to be those friends for one another.
I pray that even if you haven’t had a friend like Paul, this devotion will encourage you to be that friend for someone else. I have no idea who you are, your background, your hardships, or your blessings, but there is one thing I do know: Jesus loves you and is your Best Friend. He is also the King of Kings and Ruler over your life if you allow Him to be. Let’s not hold back our love for Jesus or for one another. Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” (NLT)