“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church: for we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”
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Recently I read through the epistle to the Philippians, asking the Lord to show me something new, and He showed me the context of 4:8, found in 4:7…
“In all things I am instructed both to be full, and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”
Hello. I invite you to join me in taking one final look at forgiveness from the book of Philemon. If you are just checking out my blog for the first time, you might want to back up a few days to the post from Friday entitled “Profitable,” where you’ll find the beginning of this discussion, then work your way to the present.
A Message of Forgiveness from Philemon
Please be warned that today’s post touches on some painful memories. As I mentioned at the end of yesterday’s blog post, I’m going to make myself vulnerable to you because I believe someone out there needs to understand in no uncertain terms that God is interested in every situation and in every life. And there is nothing so big, so ugly, and so horrible, that He cannot transform it into something beautiful. Your situation may be far worse than mine, but God is bigger than your problems. Please let that sink in as you read my story.
from the Epistle to Philemon
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I ran away, but then I found
That God would set me free.