“I thank my God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:3
Here we find the Apostle Paul thanking God for the dear brothers and sisters in the faith at Philippi. What a lovely thing it is to have a dear brother or sister in Christ as a friend. Someone you can confide in. Someone you can prayer with about anything. Someone you can fellowship with. Someone who is like-minded regarding Christ and our need to lovingly serve Him. A trusted friend is a gift from God and a wonderful blessing.
We can certainly be friends with those outside the faith, even with someone who doesn’t even believe in the existence of God, but there is something very special about the bond that exists between Christians. In this day and age there is a sad propensity to bicker and divide within the walls of our churches. Personal agendas take the place of what God is trying to do. This ought not to be. Scripture clearly tells the church “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples." (John 13:35; The New Living Translation) How will be appear any different to those in the world we are trying to reach if we within the walls of our sanctuaries we act just like the world?
Overlook flaws as God overlooked yours. Overlook idiosyncrasies as God overlooked yours. Love, don’t fight. God loves us in spite of ourselves and He desires that we do the same. We should come to the place where we can echo Paul’s words and really mean them. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing.