As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

2 Thessalonians 3:5

Did you know that God believes in you? He could have arranged to have some other relationship with his creation, compelling us to do what he wants or never forgiving the slightest infraction but always insisting on perfection. Instead, God in his patience and wisdom is faithful, even when we undergo trials and struggles. Instead, Paul lets us in on the revelation that God himself has chosen to stick with us when we struggle, support us and guide us through.

Do we follow his example and help our fellow believers?

Ethan Kirl