‘We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.’ (I Thessalonians 1.1-10)
Paul assures the new Christians in Thessalonica that although he is no longer with them he has certainly not forgotten them. The Thessalonians’ who had so recently turned from their pagan gods to follow Christ’ must have been greatly encouraged by his words of love and support. He tells them how others have been drawn to faith not by words, but by seeing it in action in them.
Actions do speak louder than words. We are called to reflect God’s love ‘not only with our lips but in our lives’. Far more people, I believe, come to faith by seeing it in action in the day to day lives of God’s people than are ever convinced by clever arguments.
Separated as so many of us are at present from those who are dear to us, we, like Paul, remember them constantly in our prayers, and support them with our love. And tell them so!