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17th Nov 2021


Remember

We have been considering things that the Lord tells us to remember.
The Word of God carries numerous instructions about things we are to remember & as ever the Bible is very practical.
Today we will look at a number of practical concerns & activities that we are to remember & not forget.


I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, 2 TIMOTHY 1:3

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,
for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing,
that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains
and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.
For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:3-8


We are to remember with love & deep affection our brothers & sisters in Christ.
We hold one another in our hearts & give thanks to God for our fellowship, friendship & partnership together in the Gospel.
We are also to remember one another in prayer.
Lifting the body & family of Christ before the throne of grace with heartfelt passionate prayer.
Remember one another in love & don’t forget, or neglect, to pray for one another.


They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do. Galatians 2:10

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also. Hebrews 13:2-3


At the same time we are remembering one another we are to be ever mindful of those less fortunate than ourselves.
This is a massive challenge for those of us living in the West – the land of plenty!!
The New Testament writers, inspired by the Holy Spirit, highlight a number of practical concerns.
Be a people who are ever willing to offer & extend hospitality.
We are to remember the poor, the mistreated, & those who are in prison.
At the time of writing this was predominantly related to their fellow believers.
In our day this type of ministry operates both within & outside of the church.
The good news of Christ shared through practical love in action – Compassion Ministries.

Jesus ministry was hallmarked by love & compassion (Mark 9:36).
It moved Him & it needs to move us too.
We are therefore to be a people who minister His love & compassion.
Remembering one another & those less fortunate than ourselves.
Not forgetting to act generously in response to the needs we encounter in our church & wider community.
In one way or another Everyone needs the compassion of Christ.
May we be those who are moved by & allow, the compassion of Christ, to move us.


For reflection

  • Do I love my brother & sisters ‘In Christ’ with deep affection?
  • In what ways am I sharing & showing the compassion of Christ?
  • Mediate upon the great compassion of Christ.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Lord Jesus,
Thank you for Your great compassion & love,
Help me by the power of the Holy Spirit to be a willing channel of that compassion,
Show me the differing ways I can serve You right now,
So that people may be touched & transformed by the love of God.
In Your mighty name,
Amen.

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