1 Thessalonians 3:2 KJV
And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:
1 Thessalonians 3:7 KJV
Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:
Paul's concern for the believers in Thessalonica compelled him to send Timothy to check on them and to comfort them in their faith. The comfort went both ways. When Timothy returned, his report concerning them and their faith became a comfort to Paul.
I note that Paul's concern was not over their persecution, which they most certainly endured. He was not cold and calloused about it but realized that there was a much bigger concern than physical hardship; he was concerned for their faith.
That thing we ought to care most about for one another is our faith.
We have it turned around these days where faith is nearly thought of as a by-product of Christian life while:
· Prosperity and
are thought of as the big issues.
We need to get things back where they belong; focus on strengthening the faith of ourselves and others while we neglect not caring for the other things.