6 But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us good news of your faith and love, and that you always think kindly of us, longing to see us just as we also long to see you, 7 for this reason, brethren, in all our distress and affliction we were comforted about you through your faith … (1 Thessalonians 3).
At first reading the emphasis rightly falls on the joy of those hearing Timothy’s “good news” concerning confirmation of the “faith and love” the Thessalonians expressed to Paul and his companions. Yet, what about the joy of Timothy as he looks upon their happy faces while delivering his report? Surely he had imagined and anticipated this moment during his entire return trip, and was not disappointed.
Timothy himself must have been relieved to see Paul and the others “comforted” through his report on those new believers they had risked their lives to share the gospel with. He knew it made all their “distress and affliction” worth it.
Lord, we thank you for the joy of sharing good news with others. Help us This Day to see opportunities to do so. Amen.