Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Mutual Faith Both of You and Me. . .

Every Sunday morning, my husband and I drive eighteen miles to a little Bible church in the community of St. Elmo for Sunday School.  As we reach the door of the Fellowship Hall, there is one thing I am absolutely certain of before I open the door. . .I am going to be be blessed.

The faces of the people in this church radiate love and joy and their hearts express it warmly.  Their arms are open to us and we love joining them each week.

We enjoy the drive out there which provides us with a time to chat and talk along the way.  We consider it such a privilege and blessing to be there each week.  It reminds me of what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans:

"For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me,"  (Romans 1:11, 12.)

Paul knew that in visiting the Romans he would not only be bringing them comfort and blessing, but that he, too, would be receiving the same.  He knew it would be a mutual comforting, a mutual blessing.  Isn't it wonderful when the Lord put those in our lives who provide for us that mutual blessing.  There are those we love to see and we know that they love to see us in return. . .it is almost palpable between us.  I think that is the Spirit of God in each of our hearts.  "Deep calleth unto deep. . ." as the Scripture says.

What a wonderful thing to know that as Christians we have been joined into this wonderful family where blessings and comfort and love are mutual things and that the bond is greater than just fondness and admiration.  We are bond by the Spirit of God within us, which can never be destroyed.

 "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 
Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, 
For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; 
Being confident of this very thing, 
that He which hath begun a good work in you 
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:" 
Philippians 1:3-6

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