“But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children” (1Thessalonians 2:7)
As a pastor, I receive a great many pieces of artwork and notes from the children in my congregation. There is an oft repeated statement found on their handiwork—“I love my church.” Nothing more thrills me than to pastor a people where the children enjoy their Sunday School class, look forward to attending worship services; where they say without hesitation, “I love my church.”
Many, if not most, in congregational life will proclaim their love for the church and, yet, some will do things that indicate otherwise. They will fail to attend regularly, speak ill of her at any opportunity, live a lifestyle that diminishes her witness in the community, malign her leadership, etc. Today’s passage indicates that love and care for the church is something to be “proved” out. Thus, our declarations of love must be more than a word spoken but an action taken.
Do you love your church? Prove it!