Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 2 Study # 3
July 26, 2015
Dayton, Texas
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<009> Thesis: The growth of love between believers is also a matter of gratitude toward God. Introduction: In our last study we looked at the fact that a growing faith is an evidence of the working of God in the lives of those who are believing. That is the reason that Paul feels an obligation to give thanks to Him. There is another side of the coin: what happens when God is working to increase the faith of His people? I believe that the next phrase is an indication of the answer: those people become more and more free to be what they are designed to be. An what is that? We are designed to be God's instruments for true good in the lives of others, particularly other believers. In the Scriptures, those who were the greatest examples of faith were also examples of personal sacrifice for the sake of God: His agenda and His people. Remember that in Galatians Paul finished that letter by urging the believers to seek to be engaged in producing good for others, especially those of the household of faith (Galatians 6:9-10).