1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account, as we night and day keep praying most earnestly that we may see your face, and may complete what is lacking in your faith?
Now may our God and Father Himself and Jesus our Lord direct our way to you; and may the Lord cause You to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you; so that He may establish Your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.
(not part of the format, but sometimes, I need to define some words and clarify some things in the passage)
On the phrase "most earnestly":
exceedingly—literally, “more than exceeding abundantly” (compare Eph 3:20).On the word "complete":
Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (1 Th 3:10). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
KATARTIZŌ (καταρτίζω , (2675)), to make fit, to equip, prepare (kata, down, artos, a joint)
Vine, W., & Bruce, F. (1981). Vol. 2: Vine’s Expository dictionary of Old and New Testament words (106). Old Tappan NJ: Revell.
“It is evident from St. Paul’s Epistles that a very large part of his private life was occupied in prayer and thanksgiving to God”
(G. W. Garrod, The First Epistle to the Thessalonians. London: Macmillan & Co., 1899, p. 89).
Constable, T. L. (1985). 1 Thessalonians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck, Ed.) (1 Th 3:10). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
We are so thankful to God for you because you bring us such great joy that causes us to rejoice before Him. Night and day, we pray over and abundantly that we may see you face-to-face and equip you toward full maturity in your faith. Now may our Father God and Jesus our Master bring us to you; and may our God cause you to overflow in love for one another, and for ALL people (not JUST followers of Jesus and maybe some people hard to love), just as we feel this FULL love for you; so that God may firmly plant your hearts in unblemished holiness before our God and Father when Jesus the Messiah comes with all His saints.
Contact the two "past women" God has put on my heart during this meditation to find out how they are doing and how I can pray for them.
(Did it immediately! Ain't technology grand?)