Look at these salutations. Many are wonderful and heartwarming – whom I love in the Lord; my dear friend; tested and approved in Christ! Do you talk about others in your congregation like this?
Lists of names are
important throughout God’s word. We see them in the old and the new testaments.
One thing they
remind us of, and point us to, is the most important list in the Lamb’s book of
life – And what a wonderful grace and mercy list that is!
But too, we see
here in Paul’s list of names the pattern we are to undertake in our prayer
Paul has these
lists because he prays for the people. They are people that he has come across
through his ministry, his life, but they are not all in his immediate life
Even if our
memories are not the best, prayer is the antidote to help us remember. Lists in
whatever form, they help us to bring people to the Lord.
Let’s be encouraged
in our prayer life by this and all the lists of names, of people, in the Bible.
* Gracious Saviour,
Thank You that You have called us from darkness into
light, that You have saved us from hell into heaven, that You have remade our
dead hearts alive.
Thank You for placing our names in the Lamb’s book of
life, before the world was made!
Thank You Lord God, what a loving God You are!
Meditate on the subject of prayer as found in verses 30-33. Is Paul asking for a once-off prayer, or a continuing struggle in prayer with the Lord until He grants our requests?
Don’t these first verses search your heart? Paul expounds the parable of the Good Samaritan with telling effect – who is my neighbour?
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We can see here
that there is a strong link between living together in harmony and glorifying
And it is _such_
How do we do this?
Because when we think through the issues that can plague our church families,
how hard is can seem to live in anything close to this kind of harmony.
But it is not
impossible. And it is within our reach.
Paul notes two
characteristics of God here that are important.
We are to run the
race with endurance, to the end.
And we are to be
sons and daughters of encouragement.
characteristics will be of much help to us as we strive to live together in
harmony with God’s people that will bring glory and honour to Him.
* God Above,
Thank You that You are the God of endurance and
Please help us as Your people, in the little and big
spiritual families You have placed us in, to live in harmony, one with another.
Please help us to live with one voice, to glorify You