Christ’s good things

“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.

Author: ttkach

Writer, cyclist, paper-crafter, mom, gardener.

4 thoughts on “Christ’s good things”

  1. How timely this is. I have only just been reading something Charles Spurgeon said all those many long years ago about Jesus, quoting John 1:14 –“The only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
    “And he is full of truth. True have his promises been, not one has failed. I bear witness that never servant had such a master as I have; never brother such a kinsman as he has been to me; never spouse such a husband as Christ has been to my soul; never sinner a better Saviour; never mourner a better comforter than Christ hath been to my spirit. I want none beside him. In life he is my life, and in death he shall be the death of death; in poverty Christ is my riches; in sickness he makes my bed; in darkness he is my star, and in brightness he is my sun; he is the manna of the camp in the wilderness, and he shall be the new corn of the host when they come to Canaan. Jesus is to me all grace and no wrath, all truth and no falsehood: and of truth and grace he is full, infinitely full. My soul, this night, bless with all thy might the only Begotten.’

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