Prayer- Lord, help us open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
1Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers[a] and deacons:
2Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3I thank my God every time I remember you. 4In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
7It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me. 8God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God
Paul starts this letter the way we all would-he says hello. This is one of Paul’s favorite churches, so when he writes them it brings joy. These are his friends, and when we write our friends we tend to feel good about ourselves. Paul is being tested, so by writing his buddies in Philippi he feels better about himself. This is a way he gets strength and lifts his spirits.
We do the same. It has been a while since I wrote on this blog. My world is VERY busy at the moment and if it were not for the commitment I made to myself and to God I would never stop and take the time to do this. However, it is lent, and years ago I made the commitment to do these studies for lent. Guess what?
By stopping and taking the time to do this, I am lifted up. When I type relax, read, and reflect-I do the same. Now I am refreshed and ready to face today. By writing my friends in far away towns, like Paul, I am revived. I do thank God every time I remember you. I hope you do the same.
Prayer- Lord, thank you for friends. Thank you for getting us to stop and relax so that we can communicate. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.