Monday, July 20, 2015

Civic & Christian

If you are looking for the posts about
God's Amazing Blessing Announcement—I'm moving!
here's the link to the first Part: 

Then follow the arrows at the bottom of each post to the next Part.
There are 10 parts in all.

I recommend that you read each part, there are amazing details—
and God took care of each and every one! 


This post is the continuation of my study of Philemon.   

Perhaps it was for this reason that he was separated [from you] for a while, that you might have him back as yours forever, Not as a slave any longer but as [something] more than a slave, as a brother [Christian], especially dear to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh [as a servant] and in the Lord [as a fellow believer]. If then you consider me a partner and a comrade in fellowship, welcome and receive him as you would [welcome and receive] me.
Philemon 1:15-17 (AMP)
Civic & Christian
Onesimus left Philemon. That was wrong. However, while gone, Onesimus was then introduced to Jesus Christ through the ministry of Paul. And from all accounts, was a changed man. 

Each of us have a Civic responsibility, for we live in this world. But we also have a Christian responsibility and the two cannot be separated. 
We are to work hard, take care of property, and live in accordance with the laws (that do not go against God's standards). If we agree to work for someone for a particular amount of money, then we need to do our job to the very best of our ability. We do not complain about not getting more money, nor do we "call in sick" simply because we don't feel like working. Responsibility is to fulfill your duties based on your word, not how you happen to feel. Remember we are working for God, and He has very high standards. 

Civic & Christian
Friendship is a wonderful gift. With friends we laugh, cry, grow, and create many memories. Friendship based on mutual faith in Jesus Christ takes that friendship to a deep level. We now have the wonderful bond of knowing Jesus Christ who died so that we can have eternal life. That bond goes beyond any earthly bond. 

Civic & Christian responsibilities are only fulfilled to the highest standard when my heart is permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG).

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