"Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick."
(Philippians 2:25, 26 KJV)
Paul wrote a letter that became part of Our Awesome God's Bible from his Roman prison about a Greek convert to the Christian faith named Epaphroditus. He was a fellow worker with Paul who had been very ill. Epaphroditus, as far as we know, was not a preacher or a deacon and he never performed a miracle. But the light his life cast still shines centuries later in the Holy Bible.
When thinking about good Christian character, we should think about characteristics such compassion, courage, discipline, endurance, faithfulness, forgiveness, generosity, grace, holiness, hope, humility, justice, love, mercy, obedience, repentance, sacrifice, service, trust, truth, wisdom, prayer and contentment. Are these words descriptive of the life you live? They describe the life that Epaphroditus lived. He modeled a life that exemplified brotherhood, a work ethic, spiritual endurance and service for Our Awesome God's people to follow.
The Christian characteristics that are seen by others in your life are very important to those around you and should include qualities such as love, compassion, discipline, faithfulness, truth, wisdom, and obedience. These are some of the characteristics Our Awesome God is slowly teaching you. What characteristics would Paul have used to describe your life?
How are your characteristics being seen by others around you? Maybe you have few or no real Christian characteristics because you need Jesus Christ and His example in your life as Epaphroditus had. If so, come to our church and learn how to become a child of God. Our Awesome God helps His children develop these characteristics as they learn more about Him while traveling through life.
It isn't easy to live life here on earth because Our Awesome God uses most things we do, good or bad, as an area for teaching us to use Jesus Christ as our example to follow. But eternity in heaven is worth it!
Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM we have Bible Study along with a children's program called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study. First, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your creator and Savior. We can show you how from the Word of God and we love visitors.
"Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law... Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law."
(Romans 13:8, 10 KJV)
The apostle Paul wrote the Book of Romans and, in the 13th chapter, he wrote about love and a person's need to give everyone their due but especially our need to love our neighbors. In verse 13:8, he teaches us that our highest obligation toward men is our obligation to love them. There are other obligations which we will always have toward men, but these obligations are to be of less importance than our obligation of love. Paul doesn’t exclude those other obligations, but rather makes them less important than our highest obligation. Loving Our Awesome God is our first level of priority. Loving others is second and all other obligations (in their own levels of priority) are subordinate.
Let's summarize the implications of this truth for just a moment. Our obligation to government is subordinate to our obligation to love others. But when we love others, we fulfill the law (Galatians 5:23). But if the government orders us to do to others that which is contrary to love, we would have to disobey the government. An example would be: a WWII German citizen who was ordered to betray known Jews so that they could be exterminated would have had difficulty doing so in a way that could be viewed as loving his neighbor.
Romans 13:8-10 of Our Awesome God’s Bible not only give our obligation to love others a higher priority than our other obligations (such as to obey government and its laws), but it explains why this must be true: When we love others, we fulfill God's law. Fulfilling our higher duty assures that we will obey our other duties as citizens of a country as well as citizens of heaven.
Loving Our Awesome God will not hinder us from loving others, and loving others will not keep us from our obligation to obey the law. It should just expand our ability to love. So love Him, learning as much as possible about this God that loves you and wants you to know His Kingdom and His expectations. Read His Book, the Holy Bible, and pray to Him. This love from everyone decreases wars!
Learn more about Our Awesome God by reading His Holy Bible, praying to Him and worshipping in a church which preaches and teaches the Holy Bible. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM for Bible Study along with a children's program called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and prayer. First, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your creator and Savior. We can show you how from the Word of God and we love visitors.
Flo & Bill