Philippians 1:2 I pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and will bless you with peace!
Paul’s Prayer for the Church in Philippi
3 Every time I think of you, I thank my God. 4 And whenever I mention you in my prayers, it makes me happy. 5 This is because you have taken part with me in spreading the good news from the first day you heard about it. 6 God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns.
…… . Paul is sure that God will continue to make us that person he wants us to be. He will not stop helping us to become a member of His family, to become son and daughter of Jesus. …
We are sinners – God sends down the Holy Spirit to help us. Each step we do, we get a little stronger and stronger in our faith and love for Jesus. The more we pray and claim for the help of the Holy Spirit, the more we receive his help.
Jesus considers, that our sins are as big as our love. We can read about that in Luke 7 : 36 A Pharisee invited Jesus to have dinner with him. So Jesus went to the Pharisee’s home and got ready to eat. 37 When a sinful woman in that town found out that Jesus was there, she bought an expensive bottle of perfume. 38 Then she came and stood behind Jesus. She cried and started washing his feet with her tears and drying them with her hair. The woman kissed his feet and poured the perfume on them. 39 The Pharisee who had invited Jesus saw this and said to himself, “If this man really were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him! He would know that she is a sinner.” 40 Jesus said to the Pharisee, “Simon, I have something to say to you.“Teacher, what is it?” Simon replied. 41 Jesus told him, “Two people were in debt to a moneylender. One of them owed him five hundred silver coins, and the other owed him fifty. 42 Since neither of them could pay him back, the moneylender said that they didn’t have to pay him anything. Which one of them will like him more?” 43 Simon answered, “I suppose it would be the one who had owed more and didn’t have to pay it back. “You are right,” Jesus said. 44 He turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Have you noticed this woman? When I came into your home, you didn’t give me any water so I could wash my feet. But she has washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. 45 You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You didn’t even pour olive oil on my head, but she has poured expensive perfume on my feet. 47 So I tell you that all her sins are forgiven, and that is why she has shown great love. But anyone who has been forgiven for only a little will show only a little love.” 48 Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.”49 Some other guests started saying to one another, “Who is this who dares to forgive sins?”50 But Jesus told the woman, “Because of your faith, you are now saved. May God give you peace!”
It is very easy to condemn sombody because he is known as a sinner, but what is sayed about a person not always is the truth.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
It is usual, to give water to the visiter to clean the dust of the journey, but the pharisee did not. Neither gave an embracement for welcome. The wife washed the feet of Jesus and poured expensive oil onto his feet. The other visitors did not like this behavior, because they felt guilty. Jesus saw the great humbleness and love of the wife. He did not condemn her, even knowing about her sins.
What would we do, when somebody, known as sinner, enters our church ? Would we welcome him ? Would we act like Jesus? Would we behave like the pharisees and condemn him? With the help of the Holy Spirit we will be able to do the right thing. Let us pray to the HS and implore him to open our minds and hearts to do like Gos wants as to do.
H O L Y S P I R I T COME TO ME AND GIVE YOUR FIRE !!
God’s Spirit makes us sure that WE ARE HIS CHILDREN. His Spirit lets us know that together with Christ we will be given what God has promised. We will also share in the glory of Christ, because we have suffered with him.