“And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ” (Philemon 1:6, NLT).

Philemon, a short letter from Paul and Timothy, almost hidden between Titus and Hebrews, holds a beautiful gem of God’s grace that shows how our actions, faith and understanding work together and are entwined in Jesus. This verse is a little prayer of only thirty words, but is packed with meaning, and lays to rest some misconceptions about what it means to be a Christian.

Right living, good deeds and acts of love come from faith. Faith comes as we understand and experience the good things we have in Christ. The Holy Spirit gives us understanding as we sit at Jesus’ feet, listening and learning. As we continue in the posture of his student or disciple, the Holy Spirit transforms our minds and fills us with love, which overflows into acts of love and kindness toward others. It’s a beautiful circle and it’s all about Jesus. It’s also my prayer for you today—may you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ.

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