The epistle to the Thessalonians was written by Paul. The church at Thessalonica was one that he had previously planted on his missionary journey. He opens this letter with a word of encouragement for this church.
Paul informs the church at Thessalonica that he and his companions were always thanking God for them. Note that Paul did not say that he only thanked God for them some of the time. Also note that Paul did not say that he only thanked God for some of them all of the time. Rather, we are informed that Paul would always thank God for each and every member of this church.
Next, Paul tells this church that he constantly remembers them in his prayers. This is definitely the appropriate attitude to have toward the church. As members of the body of Christ, we should be praying for each other each and every day. This is an example that we should follow.
How often do we stop and thank God for our church? How often do we take the time to list the members of our church by name? How often do we do this when we pray? The point here is that even the most mature of us can use some work in this area. Even those who have been followers of Christ for several years may not have developed this habit. I, for one, commit to doing my best to work on this. I thank God for each and every one of you, and I will be praying for you each and every day. I pray that you will also do the same for all of our brothers and sisters around the world.