Monday, January 29, 2018
Often we forget. We forget that Paul is talking to those in the church about things in the church. The "people" to whom he is referring are not those "out there in the world", but within the fellowship of believers. The Grace of God attracts: it draws sincere seekers, but it is also fertile ground for worms - those who wiggle their way in seeking self-assurance, acceptance and power, without coming to repentance and faith. They infiltrate and irritate, but we are not called upon to retaliate, but avoid. Don't let them pull you into the muck. Be everything they are not. Pray that they will come to the knowledge of the truth and come to love and trust God instead of themselves.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
One of the most outstanding truths of this little letter is Paul's picture of Christ as the Head of the Body, Who gives every part it's directives. Here, Pual gives thanks for the faith and love we have and exercise BECAUSE OF the hope we have in Christ. It is our hope in Him that makes the difference. That emphasis on hope is seen elsewhere in this chapter: