Passage:

Philippians 1:1-9 (NLT)

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. I always pray for you, and I make requests with a heart full of joy, because you have been my partners in spreading the good news about Christ from the time you first heard until now. And I am sure that God who has begun a good work in you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ comes back again.  It is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a very special place in my heart. We have shared together the blessings of God, both when I was in prison and when I was out, defending the truth and telling others the Good News. God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Jesus Christ. I pray that your love for each other will overflow more and more and that you will keep on growing in your knowledge and understanding. For, I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until Christ returns. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, those good things that are produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory to God.

Thought/Application:

Fellowship, what is Christian fellowship? Fellowship can mean different things to many people.

Often we think of fellowship as being present at a meeting, or getting together for a cup of coffee, even enjoying a game of golf with a friend. But is that what Christian fellowship really means? In some ways, it does: but in other ways it doesn't.  Let me explain! Christian fellowship is really much deeper than sharing coffee, or having a game of golf with a friend. After all, Christian fellowship involves more than the physical. It must involve the spiritual too.

In that sense our Christian fellowship is sourced in our relationship with Jesus Christ and our ability to draw ATTENTION to it.

Paul showed us how this is possible. He uses 3 expressions that lead to joyful Christian fellowship.

They are:

I have you in my THOUGHTS

I have you in my HEART

I have you in my PRAYERS

The results = The Church grows and the gospel is shared.

Today, think of someone that you can pray for & encourage in their faith. It might not be someone that you are close too, but be open to see who God lays on your heart. You might want to check in with that person, see how they are doing, send them a card, or just let them know you are praying for them. People get so encouraged when they know you are thinking and praying for them.

Prayer:

Lord, throughout this day help me to pray for others and to be a blessing and encouragement to all I come into contact with. Amen.

*Additional study verse Ephesians 2:22

By: Fiona Stewart

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