1 Thessalonians 3:12

12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.

1 Thessalonians 3:12 in Other Translations

KJV
12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
ESV
12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,
NLT
12 And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows.
MSG
12 And may the Master pour on the love so it fills your lives and splashes over on everyone around you, just as it does from us to you.
CSB
12 And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, just as we also do for you.

1 Thessalonians 3:12 Meaning and Commentary

1 Thessalonians 3:12

And the Lord make you to increase
That is, the Lord the Spirit; so that the object of prayer, addressed by the apostle, is Father, Son, and Spirit, as in ( Revelation 1:4 Revelation 1:5 ) . The Alexandrian copy reads "God". The Spirit is God, equally with the Father and the Son, and so a fit object of prayer with them, which otherwise he would not be. The request is, that he would cause these saints to increase in number, as the first churches greatly did: and in the gifts of the Spirit, which he divides to men severally as he will; and in his graces, as in faith, in hope, in holiness, in humility, in knowledge, in spiritual joy and strength, an increase in all which is from him:

and abound in love one towards another;
for though they were taught of God to love one another, and did do so, and the apostle had had good tidings of their love; yet it was not perfect, there was room for a further exercise of it, by serving each other by it, in things spiritual and temporal; and he had his request, for it did abound in everyone of them towards each other, ( 2 Thessalonians 1:3 )

and towards all men;
the men of the world, who were without, were not members of the church, nor professors of the Christian religion, but enemies to that, and to Christ, and to them; and yet they were to love them as men, and pray for them, and do them all the good that lay in their power:

even as we do towards you;
for the love of the apostle, and those with him, abounded more and more towards these saints, and was so far from being weakened, that it was increased by their absence from them; and they were more abundantly desirous of seeing them, and were even quite impatient until they sent to them, and heard of them.

1 Thessalonians 3:12 In-Context

10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.
11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you.
12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.
13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Philippians 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:9,10; 2 Thessalonians 1:3