“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
Philippians 4:8-9 KJV
Memories Past and Future
I remember when I first began these letters. Who would’ve thought the one persecuting the Bereans and other followers of Christ would later be encouraging them to stand firm in the faith? I could never forget his face. The man who turned my life upside down as his mangled body laid still. Pooling in his blood, yet his expression was filled with peace, love, and dare I say, forgiveness.
His name was Stephen.
Ages to come, and people will thank Abba for me, the one who formerly would’ve killed them with pleasure. Yet, I wonder will they take my words—well, God’s Word—to heart and allow their thoughts and actions to exalt the Lord. I wonder will they remember that I had to die to my flesh daily, or will they erroneously think I was already perfected and glorified.
For now, I’ll continue writing these letters to encourage the brethren while I hope in expectancy for those yet to come. Faith that, like me, they will embrace the totality of redemption, the hallmark of humility, and the assurance of Abba’s love.
“Did you get all of that, Epaphroditus? This last bit was my thoughts and prophetic musings, not meant to be published as inspired by Holy Spirit,” Paul explained.
Epaphroditus nodded and rolled up the scrolls while Paul looked on intensely. There was still work to do. Whether it was his words or that writer he saw from the future who’d pick up the torch thousands of years after he had moved to glory.
“Abba, let not her strength or passion for words fail either You or her. Keep her and other brethren in Your care as they fan the flame. Let them endure and fight the good fight of faith. Amen.”
Hey, folks, hey! I pray for you fervently that your faith won’t fail you. And even if you don’t know Him yet, that you’ll experience His great love towards you.
Until tomorrow and with love,