Pray For The Brethren


We ought always to thank God for other believers and pray that their faith would grow more and more and that the love each of them has toward one another would increase. 2 Thess. 1:3 (Kenneth Boa's translation)
When we pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ, we usually are praying for their health or their safety.
But how often do we pray that their faith would increase or their love for the brethren would grow?
How often do we thank God for each other?
We are often tempted to view one another according to the faults and failures that we see. The Apostle Paul,
in writing to the Corinthians, said, "Therefore from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh." (2 Cor. 5:16a) Our flesh is a temporary thing, but our spirits will live forever.
Paul went on to say that we are all new creations in Christ; old things are passed away, all things have become new. We are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, and we are ministers of reconciliation. It is our job to be ambassadors for Christ. Paul declared that it was so important to God that the world be reconciled to Himself that He sent His sinless Son to be a sin offering for us. Now that we are reconciled to God, we are viewed as righteous in Christ and our trespasses are not imputed to us.
What happens to a Christian when his faith increases? His flesh decreases. The problems that arise due to the flesh go away. So instead of praying for someone's flesh, let us pray for his spiritual good, that his faith would grow and increase. Let us thank God that His Son died for our brother or sister as well as for us. Let us all pray that our love for one another will increase so that the community will "know that we are Christians by our love!"
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