Therefore, my brothers and sisters whom I love and miss, who are my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord.
Loved ones, I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to come to an agreement in the Lord. Yes, and I’m also asking you, loyal friend, to help these women who have struggled together with me in the ministry of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my coworkers whose names are in the scroll of life.
Be glad in the Lord always! Again I say, be glad! Let your gentleness show in your treatment of all people. The Lord is near. Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.
From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise. Practice these things: whatever you learned, received, heard, or saw in us. The God of peace will be with you.
Christ calls us to take up our cross and follow in his way. It is an easy cross at first glance: joy, thanksgiving, prayer, peace, and gentleness to one another. Yet, extending to others the grace we have received is not always easy. [hear sermon audio]
This week, take some time to go deeper. Use these scriptures and questions to reflect on your own life and community.
Texts to read:
- Luke 9:18-27
- Roman 14:1-9
Questions to ponder:
- Who are the people in your life you find frustrating? What about their behavior is difficult for you?
- Do you find yourself judging things you cannot see (like motivations or background?)
- What would it mean to approach everyone with forbearance?
Do and share:
- Watch a musical version of Les Miserables and identify all the places grace is offered (or not)
- Share a quote or picture about patience on our Facebook page or tweet us at @dpumc