Today, we are opening up the Living Word of God to Philemon.
There is no greater way to get to know God, His character, His nature, His goodness, and the life that He has for you than reading His Living Word.
Hold your Bible in your hands. There is power in these Words. This is God’s Word, living and breathing. It is used to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives, to correct us and teach us to do what is right. We must never forget scripture’s purpose: to equip us to do good work, Christ’s work in the world. It is meant to strengthen our faith and lead us to do good.
By the year 500 A.D., the Bible had been translated into over 500 different languages. People all over were so thankful because they could finally read God’s Word in their own language
Jack Wetzel of Gideons International
The angels told the shepherds that peace was available to those on whom God’s favor rests. Jesus basically said the same thing when He stated that peacemakers will be blessed, and they will be called children of God. When we are willing to seek reconciliation with others and fight for harmony rather than division, we’re identified with the heart of God who longs to reconcile the world to Himself. We then look like the Father, and we are recognized as His children.
Our heavenly Father sent Jesus to a manger in Bethlehem because He wanted to dwell among us to demonstrate His amazing grace and life-changing truth, and if you have truly experienced that, then you have joy.
If we have not experienced the grace of God, it’s difficult to offer the grace of God. If we don’t know the compassion of God, it’s difficult to express the compassion of God. But when we recognize the kind of love that God has for us, it becomes the way in which we treat and love others.
This morning, we will discover the hope that comes to us through the birth of Jesus Christ.