2 Thessalonians 1:3-4
We must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith during all your persecutions and the afflictions that you are enduring.
Paul and his friends 'must always give thanks' for the people in the Thessalonican church. That church is growing in faith and love. These are not just growing, but growing abundantly. And, we notice that this is happening in the face of persecution and enduring affliction.
There is a truth to notice here aswell; faith often sustains us during the difficult times. In ministry, I sometimes hear either of two responses to a crisis. One is 'my faith sustained me.' The other is 'my faith let me down.' The thing is that there is often a correlation between which of those responses comes from one who had a vibrant, lived faith, and which from one who seemed not to so close to Jesus. This is not 'always,' but is common. It causes one to ponder.
Yesterday I was corresponding with a couple who have gone through the mill. Their faith sustained them. I 'must always give thanks to God' for this brother and sister in Christ.
Prayer. Lord Jesus, increase my faith. Amen.