v.7- 8: Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.
When we find ourselves ‘in the middle of trouble and hard times’ (Message translation) it can be hard to keep going with our faith. In these times we can, like Paul, look to others for strength and encouragement. ‘Knowing that your faith is alive keeps us alive.’ (Message translation)
Maybe you find yourself in the middle of trouble or hard times at the moment. If you feel disheartened or lacking in faith, try looking around for people who can come alongside and encourage you. Or perhaps you know of someone who is struggling and could do with your encouragement. Take the opportunity to let them know that you are standing with them in their hard times.
Heavenly Father, thank you that I can be part of a church family where I can both find encouragement and be an encouragement. In times of trouble and hard times, help me to look to others to strengthen my faith, but also to be a strength to others when they are in need. Amen.