May Love Grow

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. – (1 Thessalonians 3:12, NIV) 

We pray that the Lord will make your love grow. We pray that He will give you more and more love for each other and all people. We pray that you will love everyone in the same way we love you. – (1 Thessalonians 3:12, ERV) 

And may the Lord increase your love until it overflows toward one another for all people, just as our love overflows toward you. – (1 Thessalonians 3:12, TPT) 

Paul wrote to the church of Thessalonica to encourage them in their faith and love in the face of persecution. Though we are not facing the same scenario that early church endured, we do have much need in our society for faith and love. Civil unrest and people easily angered, do not make for a loving environment. It is our charge to love one another, in the same way that God loves each of us. His love is relentless, unconditional, and unchanging; ours ought to be as well. Too often, we have conditions or requirements that deem others must somehow be worthy of our love, rather than simply loving because they are His created. We must do and be better, and it begins with those who know and understand the power of God’s love for us. May we ever seek the Lord to make our love increase and overflow for those directly around us, and for all people everywhere. 

We are called to love, 

Care for each other; 

Mothers and fathers, 

Sisters and brothers. 

The whole human race, 

Is our family; 

Whom we’re meant to love, 

Ever faithfully. 

We need the Lord’s love, 

To flood heart and mind; 

So we may learn well, 

To love and be kind. 

Show us Lord Jesus, 

What we need to know; 

To love as You love, 

So Your goodness shows. 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You loved us first. Thank You that You call us to love not only those directly around us, but all people, everywhere. Forgive us for the times that we have not been loving, or have somehow withheld the good that was meant to be given. Teach us to turn to You to lead us in our every interaction. Show us how to love like You at all times, with all people. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to show us how to love more deeply and completely, all people. Amen. 

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present 

May Your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in You. – Psalm 33:22

Honor Unto Him

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Treat one another,
with love and respect;
honor and care for,
homes that have been wrecked.
Rebuke not old men,
grant them due honor;
as if they were each,
our earthly fathers.
Young men as brothers,
ladies as sisters;
each with purity,
be sin resistors.
Treat older women,
as if our own mom;
grant help to widows,
be His healing balm.
Care for family,
generous and wise;
place hope in our God,
resist pleasure’s lies.
When proper honor,
is given to these;
we honor our God,
serve as He would please.

(Responding to I Timothy 5:1-8)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You don’t just tell us to love one another, and leave it at that, but You give us specific instructions to guide all that we say and do. Forgive us for the times that we have not honored each other as You have asked, and help us to treat older men and women as fathers and mothers, and younger men and women as brothers and sisters – all with absolute purity – as each are Your created, whom You dearly love. Teach us to live and love like You, and may our kindness and generosity lead many to look to You alone. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present