READ : 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Just the thought of someone can bring sheer delight or ominous dread. When the Apostle Paul thought of the Thessalonians, his spirit of thanksgiving overflowed in prayer.
What was it about these people that made the Apostle Paul so thankful? Was it their wealth or prestige that impressed him? No, Paul was looking beyond the surface to the heart. Their efforts were full of heartfelt zeal that didn’t wane with time or distance.
Virtues of faith, hope and love overpowered feelings of doubt, despair or hatred. They didn’t give up!
A church in Mexico showed me those virtues when I was on a missions trip. Although they lived with barely enough food to eat, they kept repeating, “Gracias a Dios” (Thanks be to God). Their gratitude amazed me! They possessed so little, yet their inner life with God was filled with abundance. The discipline of gratitude marked their lives with virtue. Think of ways that you can cultivate these inner virtues of gratitude, faith, love, and hope.
God, may my life cause others to overflow with thanksgiving to you.