Tag: faith and love
Scripture reading for October 11th: Isaiah 43-45, Philemon
Key Scriptures: Philemon 4-7 “I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints are refreshed through you.”
Paul wrote to Philemon concerning his run-away slave, Onesimus. As he opened his short letter, he encouraged him with the report he had heard concerning Philemon’s testimony and the fruit of sharing faith. Paul had received joy and comfort from his love. The sharing of our faith brings revelation to us and others of all the good things we have in Christ!
Isaiah 45:8 “Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit; let the earth cause them both to sprout; I the Lord have created it.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for revealing your great love and salvation to me. Direct me today in sharing my faith that increased glory may come to Your Name! Amen.
Scripture reading for October 12th: Philemon
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Philemon 3-7 “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints. I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.”
Paul wrote this short letter to a friend, Philemon, who had a run-away slave that was now a believer and a helper of Paul as he was imprisoned. Paul wrote to appeal to Philemon to do what was right by this new convert whom Paul considered a “son”. Paul commended Philemon and his friends for their faith and love for all the saints. It gave Paul joy to know that his friend was refreshing the hearts of fellow-believers. Paul especially encouraged Philemon and prayed that he would be active in sharing his faith. This would bring a fuller understanding to his own life of God’s great gift and His heart of love for all men.
Observations for over-comers: Faith and love are key ingredients in the lives of over-comers. Faith and love energize evangelism and evangelism grows our faith and love! “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25)
Sunday October 19th, 2014
Jesus honors faith! He spoke the Word of God to birth faith in His followers and empower them to move mountains to His glory! Without faith we cannot please Him! Faith works by love.
God’s people gather on the first day of the week to celebrate the love of God in Jesus Christ. We gather to pray, worship and hear the Word proclaimed. We demonstrate our love for God by obedience. We gather to speak to mountains of sickness, bondage, and unforgiveness and watch them be thrown into the sea of God’s grace! Don’t miss out on what God is doing! Your gathering today with God’s people is an act of faith that pleases God!
In His Love, Pastor John and Mary
Scripture reading for December 10th: Philemon
This short personal letter from Paul to Philemon concerns a run-away slave who got saved under Paul’s ministry in Rome. This slave could easily have been sentenced to death if he had been caught, but God was working something else out in his life. He heard the Gospel message from Paul and gave his life to Jesus Christ. Paul was writing his master, Philemon, to appeal to him to take him back and receive him as a brother in the Lord. Philemon was a believer in a church that Paul had planted and Paul had evidently been his spiritual father as well. This simple letter reveals the heart of forgiveness we must have toward others as they repent and come into the kingdom.
“I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.” (Philemon 6-7)
Paul’s prayer for Philemon is an encouragement for us to share our faith. As we learn to give away what we have received from the Lord, we get back a more complete understanding of all that is ours in Christ. Giving by sharing brings blessings of deeper understanding and causes joy in pastoral leadership!
Paul next, gently appeals to Philemon to take Onesimus, this converted slave, back and restore him. (Philemon 8-10) Paul states that Onesimus was formerly useless to him. Before salvation, he was in bondage to self and sin and could not be loyal and serve him properly. Now, as a brother in the Lord, Onesimus was useful to the kingdom and to Philemon! This is an added blessing of sharing your faith! Others come into their full purpose and become brothers and sisters in the family of God!
Love isn’t love unless it is freely given. Forgiveness isn’t real if it is not also freely given. We can’t order forgiveness. We can’t command that another love us or love God. When we appeal to another person to do what is right, then they can more easily choose to freely give. Paul’s letter is a great example of a godly appeal to someone in authority to do what is right. May the Lord grant us grace today to love and forgive freely according to the example of Jesus Christ!