Reading: I Thessalonians 3: 12-13
Author and preacher Charles Stanley once posed this question when talking about success: if you were to tell God today to increase your wealth and satisfaction when it comes to your family, your job, and your finances in direct proportion to the amount of growth that you have made in the last year in your spiritual life, would those things grow? It's an interesting question to think about.
Paul asks God to increase our love for each other and strengthen our hearts in God. He goes on to say that by doing these things, we should be blameless before God on the judgment day. I think the premise Paul is thinking about is the same as Charles Stanley. If we increase our trust in God and grow in faith, we will live a better life and follow God's teachings even better than before. And if our faith life increases, how much better our everyday life will be! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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