I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
We all have that place of ministry that resonates with us so deeply that whenever we think back upon that place and people, we are thankful and filled with joy. Being a Christian in a secular world can be really difficult in a lot of ways. Being a Christian in a body of believers that you don’t mesh well with can be just as difficult. Whatever place we are currently called to, it is good to be reminded of the good times and the good friends. The power of true fellowship is such a powerful force. It fills us up, drives us and can even sustain us in difficult times. If you are in such a season of good fellowship, enjoy it! If you find yourself struggling in your current environment, remember the good times. But whatever the case, be thankful (Josh).
Thoughts for the day
- How can you be more thankful for what you have?
- How does being thankful effect your relationship with God and others?
- Is there someone who comes to mind to whom you can share this truth with?
Flick on a news site on your phone or computer and pray for a situation that is evolving today and the people involved.