How is your relationship with fellow believers?
Paul begun his epistles to the church in Philippi with thankfulness and prayer. He remembered them with gladness and gratitude. He remembered them personally, the experiences they had, the fellowship, the ministry together, the laughter, the blessing, the encouragement, their faithfulness, and especially how they love Jesus.
It is good to remember brothers and sisters we have, those with us in the past, those with us now. Take time to remember. Take time to give thanks to God for them in details, so that you heart be filled with gratitude and joy.
Fellow believers are miracles from God to us. They bless our lives. We are where we are because of them. I remember the words of Sam to Frodo (Lord of the Ring- Return of the King), "I cannot carry the ring for you but I can carry you."
Next, as you remember, significant people will come to your mind. Take time to pray for these brothers and sisters. Pray they finish the race well. Pray that together we carry the Gospel faithfully to others.
"And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God."
Lord, as I take time to practice gratitude I am so glad for the many brothers and sisters you have brought into my life. Many I actually have forgotten because it was so long ago, yet as I wait I remember. So amazing! Their names and faces bring me joy. Each of them has made my life richer. And they are those who are with me presently, thank you that we have one another in this season. I am so grateful to you for them.
I pray that as much as they are blessing to me, that I too be a blessing to them. And I pray we be faithful witnesses of your Gospel together and that all of us finish the race well to bring you glory.
In Jesus precious Name. Amen