Words from the Heart for Saturday September 18th, 2021
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
Ephesians 1:15-16 (NIV)
Love for God’s People
Strolling around Old Montreal is a great way to explore the city as the historic area is home to some iconic sights. The likes of Place d’Armes, Notre-Dame Basilica, the Montreal Town Hall and Saint-Paul Street are just some of the great attractions you can see. Corbin Fraser says, “Between the countless patios and restaurants, the fresh air, the open park space, the gentle breezes rolling off the Fleuve Saint-Laurent, or the steady buzz of people relaxing and talking, it’s easy to see why so many fall in love with this city.”
One of the signs of being a follower of Jesus is that you love being around other Christians. The same Holy Spirit who dwells in you also has taken up residence in them, and so there is a spiritual unity among us. The apostle Paul recognized this as well and wrote in Ephesians 1:15-16: “For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” When Paul heard that the Ephesians had a love for all of God’s people, he was grateful. We are called to walk in unity with other believers and to enjoy fellowship. One of the marks of the early church was that they shared everything in common. In John 17 Jesus prayed that His followers would be one, as He and the Father are one. Sadly, this hasn’t always been the case throughout the history of the Church. Let’s take time to pray that we would walk in unity with other followers of Jesus and love others as Jesus loves us all.
These have been words from the heart.