1 Thessalonians 3:12, 13 - Love and Sanctification.

1 Thessalonians 3:12, 13 - Love and Sanctification.

1 Thessalonians 3:12, 13 (TLB) And may the Lord make your love 
to grow and overflow to each other and to everyone else, just as 
our love does toward you. This will result in your hearts being made 
strong, sinless, and holy by God our Father so that you may stand before 
him guiltless on that day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns with 
all those who belong to him. 


The word for "love," agape, describes the selfless love that 
comes from God. Such love looks out for the best interests of those 
loved--caring for fellow believers and reaching out to unbelievers... Love can 
always be strengthened and deepened with God's help. [Life Application 

If we are full of God's love, it will overflow to others. It's 
not enough merely to be courteous to others; we must actively and 
persistently show love to them. Our love should be growing continually. If 
your capacity to love has remained unchanged for some time, ask God 
to fill you again with his never-ending supply. Then look for 
opportunities to express his love.  [Life Application SB] 

  God is love (1John 4:16). His very nature is perfect love, but 
because of sin love does not always come freely and naturally to His 
children. You may have been raised in a home where love was not expressed. 
Perhaps you were hurt by someone you loved, and your heart became 
hardened as a defense against further pain. You may love others but not 
know how to express your love in words or actions. You may feel 
frustrated because you have been called by God to love, yet you do not 
understand how to love others. 
  Paul wrote to the Christians in Thessalonica to encourage them 
not to become disheartened as they learned to love each other (1Th 
3:7). They did not need Paul to explain to them how to love, for God 
Himself would teach them how to love one another. God would give them 
His love, and as they followed Him, He would cause that love to 
multiply. If they found someone who was difficult to love, God would 
enable them to love through His Holy Spirit. 
  God in His grace has made provision for our human weakness, 
and He is prepared to teach us how to love one another. There are no 
exceptions. God can teach us to love even that especially difficult person. 
  Are you struggling to love someone? God will help you. He will 
enable you to love your parents, your spouse, your children, your 
friends, or your enemy in a deeper way than you could ever love them on 
your own. If you do not know how to express your love in a meaningful 
way, God will teach you how to do this. God is the authority on love. 
As you relate to others, ask God to make His love overflow to them 
through your life. [Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and Richard 
Blackaby re 1Th. 3:12; 4:9] 


The word "holiness" emphasizes not an act of holiness but the 
state or condition of holiness. God's will is that our lives be 
characterized in every area by Christlikeness. This includes both attitudes 
and actions. [Believer's SB] 

Holiness is wholeness to God. The soul is surrendered to God. 
The will, and even the thoughts, are brought into subjection to the 
will of Christ. The love of Jesus fills the soul, and is constantly 
going out in a clear, refreshing stream, to make glad the hearts of 
others 6BC1076 

Complete perfection is not attainable in this life, but the 
process of sanctification brings believers ever closer to perfection. 
One day, the process will be over, and all believers will be made 
perfect in the presence of our God and Father. [Life Application 

The Bible very often connects holy living with the return of 
Christ. The second coming is not a doctrine to satisfy our curiosity, 
but a truth meant to inspire us to living wholeheartedly for God. 
[Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley re 1Th. 3:13] 


None of us can say that we've seen God.  But if we love each 
other, God lives in us and His love will be perfected in us as we share 
it with others. 1 John 4:12 (CWR)