The Third Chapter – 1 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians 3:11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, 12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.[ESV]


An unusual connection has been made between this Scripture and daily life because of Covid-19.  We’ve come to understand the risk that our faith can “be moved by these afflictions. [v3]”  We’ve all been encouraged to make purposeful contact with neighbors, friends and family to bless and comfort them so their faith might be a source of strength and blessing for them.  The surprise involved is that purpose has turned out to be a personal blessing as well.  I learned about the Greek word “allalon watching online church yesterdaya.  Allalon is the Greek word translated as “one another” in verse 12.  I also learned what a “mnemonic” is. A mnemonic is something in verbal form used to help remember something else.  If you look at “allalon” phonetically you might see “all alone” and therein lies the lesson

That one unfamiliar word has become the tool to remind me in an unusual way at just the right time of a truth I might have missed. It can’t be dismissed as coincidence. Isolation makes it seem we’re all alone but “allalon” confirms God has used that word intentionally to remind us of something completely opposite – “one another” – even in the midst of affliction. We are not “all alone.” Simply saying “I need to know you’re OK” is the reminder we give each other that faith is stronger than affliction.  The truth of “allelon” is the Lord’s assurance that affliction can move us to”increase and abound in love for one another”

a courtesy of Pastor Greg Long, Gracepoint Church, Sturgis, MI

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