Loving Family Overseas
Verse 7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.
We have talked about Paul’s love for these people and even mentioned that we should be loving in the same way to those in our family of faith, but this is a topic that needs more than a mention.
We live in a time where love for others is missing more than ever. Jesus had told His disciples that the world would know His disciples by their love for one another (John 13:35). This should be true of us as well. Wouldn’t the world look different if we loved one another as Jesus taught us to? And this isn’t just about those we know, although it should be displayed among those closest to us first and always.
Paul was in prison thinking about his friends in another country, but how often do we think about those who are in prisons for their faith in foreign countries? How often do we think about those who are in another country where being a Christian is a dangerous choice? We have a spiritual obligation to them even though we don’t know them. Paul knew some of the believers at Philippi but there had likely been more that had joined the Church since Paul had been with them.
Just as Paul prayed with love for these believers he loved but didn’t know, we need to be in prayer for the believers in other areas that we don’t know but that we are in bond with because of our common belief in Jesus as the Messiah. We should understand that we have interest with our brothers and sisters all around the world.
Some of these Christians are in extreme danger daily because of their love of Christ. They know that one slip of tongue to the wrong person could bring hurt or even death to them and/or their family. They face prison and persecution all the time and there are ways we can love and support them, ways we can love them. But we have to make the choice to love them, and love them in every way we possibly can. That may mean praying intentionally for them or maybe sending them funds to support them. The point is we are not to ignore them.
Making It Personal
How often do you think about Christians in other countries? Do you intentionally pray for them? What does your level of thought for them say about your love for other Christians?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you know any missionaries? Do you pray for them? Do you pray for Christian kids in other countries?
Father, thank You for making us a family with those that we may never meet this side of heaven. Help us know how to show love for those who are loving You in difficult circumstances. In Jesus’ name, amen.