To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
January/February 2016 Issue – Alive, ‘… because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ’ Ephesians 2:4-5
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Philippians 1:1-11 (NIVUK): “ Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus: To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
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. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.”
In today’s study, Selwyn takes us to the fifth and final area of design – the area of our feelings.
He says: “Everyone who has been made in the image of God has feelings – there are no exceptions. … In the text before us today the apostle Paul talks about his personal feelings towards the Philippians and claims that the feelings of concern he had for them were right and proper.” He concludes by saying that repressed feelings always cause problems.
I guess that over the next few days Selwyn will be talking about ways of handling repressed emotions.
Perhaps one of the best approaches to problems is consistent prayer where we seek the help of God’s Spirit to guide us in the identification of any issues which may be limiting our service to Jesus. Then after we have a better understanding of the issues embark on a path which resolves any problems caused by repressed emotions.