Today's devotion is based on 2 Thessalonians 1:3, "We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing."
We could view the Christian faith as a fruit tree. As faith grows in a person's heart, there will naturally be an increase of love flowing out of that heart. In the Bible, acts of love are often referred to as "fruits of faith." As faith grows, love increases.
You might be wondering how a Christian grows in faith. The answer is growth in faith happens as a Christian comes into contact with Jesus in the Bible. A growing faith is an ever-deepening appreciation of Jesus and what he's done for us.
And here's where the increase in love comes in. The more one basks in that love of Jesus, the more one wants to share that love with others. Serving and loving others becomes less of a duty and more of a delight for those who have experienced Christ's love
As a well-nourished fruit tree grows, its fruit production increases. It's a natural thing. As faith in Christ grows, a person's love for others also increases. It's a natural thing for the one nourished in Christ.
Please pray with me, Lord; you know how often I fail to love others. I need your help to increase my faith. Help me to remember that while my faith is mine, my faith is good for others as I share my acts of love fueled by faith. In Jesus' holy name, Amen.