When we remember the work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope, of others in the Lord Jesus Christ, our hearts are filled with thanks unto God. The scripture tells us to remember faith, love and hope without ceasing. When our focus is about the weakness of others, how they failed our expectations, or what they are yet to grow into, our faith and hope is diminished.
Our prayers for others are affected by what we remember of them. Without ceasing, we are to recall their work of faith and labor of love. As we do so, our faith for what is to come into their lives is increased. Our prayers are motivated and remain fervent by love. Remembering, even briefly, what the enemy has done can plant seeds of fear and hinder our faith. This is true whether it’s in regards to us or to others. The connection between prayer and thanksgiving is seen throughout the Bible.
Our labor of love is not in vain in the Lord and the prayers of the righteous avail much. We do not see the glass half empty, but half full. One drop is enough for our God to multiply. At times, when we only see what hasn’t been accomplished yet in our lives, and the lives of others, let’s remember our work of faith, and labor of love and praise God, from glory to glory!
1 Thessalonians 1:2-4 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.