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When Paul wrote his second letter to the church in Thessalonica, he wrote to them to express his encouragement because their faith and love was increasing toward one another (1:3); this was occurring during a time of affliction. He mentions their growing faith, their increasing love, and their steadfastness (RSV). Perhaps as we take note of this we might ask ourselves how the same might result in each of us as we read what Paul wrote. The word “faith” is directly connected to the Lord’s knowledge given to man (Romans 10:17). Since it is impossible to please God without faith (Heb. 11:6), then it must be that when knowledge is given, (faith) increases, with understanding and application follow (2 Cor. 5:7). The key to this is our response to that which God gave. Is your “faith” lacking? Then consider what you “know” about that information that came from God. Thus, when Paul was thankful to God for their faith, he was thankful to God for their increasing knowledge level and their response to that knowledge.