Love More

Regarding life together and getting along with each other, you don’t need me to tell you what to do. You’re God -taught in these matters. Just love one another! You’re already good at it; your friends all over the province of Macedonia are the evidence. Keep it up; get better and better at it. Stay calm; mind your own business; do your own job. You’ve heard all this from us before, but a reminder never hurts. We want you living in a way that will command the respect of outsiders, not lying around sponging off your friends.
1 Thessalonians 4:9‭-‬12 MSG

Paul has spoken to the Thessalonians before about the practice of loving each other as he has alluded to before in this chapter.

What’s interesting though is that their practice of loving the Maacedonians was taught to them BY GOD! This is interesting to me because it brings up a question: How were they taught?

If they were taught by God for the example of unconditional love for everyone by giving us Jesus as that sacrifice for our sins–dedication and a live of promise. They looked to God’s example and practiced unconditional love.

They could have used Paul’s testimony as the power of love–the chief of sinners! God’s power of conversion of Saul to Paul of God calling Saul out by name an using him as a cornerstone in the foundation of the church. This example is something that I wonder about as being relatable to me because of where I have been and where I fear that I was going. The power of LOVE that can rewrite a course–that’s powerful and amazing love!

What’s even more interesting is that Paul says: LOVE MORE; “get better at it.” And he then goes forward with how the Thessalonians can get better at loving one another: live in a way that commands respect from outsiders.

Is this where “Kill them with Kindness”comes from? Because it can fit here. Love them with actions that will make everyone notice. And sooner or later, someone will ask: Why are you so happy all the time? Then you can smile cheeky and boldly and proudly reply: It must be the Jesus in me!


About Matthew C

First generation college graduate with Psychology degree. Focused on Peace & Social Justice issues.
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2 Responses to Love More

  1. Brian says:

    There’s a lot of good stuff here. I might add that the last sentence in the paraphrase worded “not lying around sponging off your friends” could be expanded to say “not lying around sponging off the government.”

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    • Matthew C says:

      Well, sometimes, the Message translation allows everyone to hear–even those in the back pew–that it all boils down to love being an action word that we continually live out. Something that I am learning and thank you for enjoying it.


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