Ephesians 1:15-16 – For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give my thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers
The reason Paul is referencing in the beginning of verse 15 is that we are given grace by God to glorify Him. The believers in the church at Ephesus have placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. They show love to the saints everywhere. Paul response is to be thankful and pray for them to build the believers up in Christ.
By the grace of God we are saved by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are saved in order that we may use our lives to glorify God. Best and simplest way I ever heard it preached to a group of ministry leaders is, “Our Story, His Glory!” Our lives are to point others to God thereby honoring Him. Our faith can and should be lived out loud by the love we have for God’s people, in our congregation, city, state, nation and all over the world. What a great picture to honor God when we love all our brothers and sisters in Christ. Out of an abundance of love we receive, we should be in prayer for other churches and their needs. We need to build up and encourage our people in prayer.
Thank you for your grace in saving me. Let me live a life of faith by loving you and others. May the power of the Spirit guide me in prayer, action and speech to edify all and honor you.