A Passage and A Prayer 2/15/19

29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have (Philippians 1:29-30).
 
“We’re in this together!”

These are comforting words when we find ourselves in crisis situations.  It’s not necessarily that “misery likes company.”  The comfort is found in that others care for us and support us in times or trouble.

This is what Paul conveys to the Christians in Philippi.  He pulls no punches.  He comes right out and promises that they will face opposition in their Christian walk.  But, Paul reminds them that they are in this together. 

The word, “compassion,” comes from two Latin words, cum and passio.  Placed together, this meaning is “to suffer together.”  St. Peter reminds us that “even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed(I Peter 3:14). The blessing comes in the fact that we still live in the forgiveness of sins; we still live with the Lord’s promise to use all things to draw us closer to Him; we still have the care and compassion of fellow Christians; we still have the promise of heaven.

Because we are in this together—we need to be together!

  • Spouses need to pray together, asking the Lord to provide the love and care for their marriage.
  • Families need to be engaged in devotions so children can be nurtured in the Christian faith.
  • We all need to be in a REACHGroup, where fellow Christians gather to study the Word, to care for one another and to reach out to others.
  • Worship must be a priority each and every week so we, together, can be fed by God’s Word and His Sacrament.

What a joy it is to be part of the family of faith in this world as we await the eternal family in heaven to come.

O Holy Spirit, fill me with the compassion to care for my fellow brothers and sisters in the faith.  Give to me the desire to meet together in Your Word that we may grow in the grace and knowledge of Your love and forgiveness.  I ask this in the name of Jesus.  Amen.


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