1 THESSALONIANS 2:17
“But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short while-in person, not in spirit-were all the more eager with great desire to see your face.”
Have you ever been away from someone for a while and can’t wait to see them again? When my children were small, I traveled a good bit. I was always anxious to get home to see them and hold them and kiss them. Oh yeah, my wife too, lol. But I missed them terribly.
The word “eager” here in this verse comes from the root word which means “with speed.” It means to hasten, go quickly or hurry. I love that. But what is great about that is Paul is saying this to his Christian brothers and sisters, not his biological family. He had that kind of love for them.
Children naturally get excited about going to see Grandma or Grandpa. They can’t wait to get home and see their dog or cat after they have been gone for a while somewhere. How do we teach them to have that same kind of desire for their Christian friends and family? We want them to desire that kind of deep fellowship because those are the people who will walk with them in this life long after we are gone.
Are you modeling that kind of love for others? Are there people in your life who you just can’t wait to see? Children watch that. They will ask you, “Why do you love Mr. Sam so much?” Then you can read this verse and explain it is all because of Jesus. They will get that.
If you don’t have someone in your life like that, you need it. I have some dear brothers in Uganda and Kenya whom fill that role for me. I can’t wait to see them when I travel there. I long for their fellowship and embrace. They are truly my brothers from another mother.
Father, thank You that as much as I love others, I can never run out of love to give. Thank You that Your love is endless. It is through Your love that I can love others that way.