The Always-more-ness of God’s Love

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 2 Thess. 3:5 (NIV)

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. 2 Thess. 2:16-17 (ESV)

May the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thess. 3:16 (NLT)

Heavenly Father, these passages come to us today like an artesian spring of grace, like a shade-grove of fresh mercies, like a culinary feast of heavenly delights.

Hallelujah… the GPS of the gospel will always direct our hearts into more of your love and the strength of “Christ’s perseverance” (2 Thess. 3:5). We relish the always-more-ness of your love, Father; and, Jesus’ commitment to bring us Home, not our bare-knuckle-resolve, is the anchor of our hope.

Oh, the joy of realizing there’s nothing we can do today to increase or diminish your love for us. Because of our rootedness in your love and standing in grace, we accept our weaknesses and brokenness. We want to live authentic, vulnerable, grateful lives today, whoever we’re with.

Thank you for anticipating every challenging situation before us, for knowing every fear and uncertainty of our hearts, and for staying faithfully committed to nourish and flourish us. We worship and adore you.

Father, as you have promised, we will trust you for “peace, at all times and in every situation” (2 Thess. 3:16). Guard our hearts with your Spirit, balance our stumbles with your hand, and calm our storms with your presence.

May your mercy, comfort, and encouragement run like a stream of kindness through us to others today. Grant us words of hope for friends in various stages of weariness, stress, and struggle. Love through us to your glory.

That you are with us, and that you are for us, is all we really need to know. So very Amen we pray, in the ever-kind, ever-near name of Jesus.

from Scotty Smith Posts – The Gospel Coalition


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