Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 9, 2020

“Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard”

Today’s devotion comes from Philippians 2:19-30.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians+2&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need;  because he was longing for you all and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick.  For indeed he was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow.  Therefore I have sent him all the more eagerly so that when you see him again you may rejoice and I may be less concerned about you.  Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard;  because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was deficient in your service to me.”  Philippians 2:25-30.

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“So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.”  Matthew 7:17. 

There are those “good tree” people that come our way through God’s grace.  We can see that they bear good fruit, and just like we approach a fruit tree with joy to pick a piece of fruit, we are joyful to receive them.

“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good;  and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil;  for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.”  Luke 6:45.

“How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace
And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7.

“But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.  …

And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;  until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.  As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;”  Ephesians 4:7 and 11-14.

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.  You will know them by their fruits.  …:  Matthew 7:15-16. 

“For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.  But you know of his proven worth, that he (Timothy) served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father.”  Philippians 2:21-22.

“19 The LORD has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.
20 Bless the LORD, you His angels,
Mighty in strength, who perform His word,
Obeying the voice of His word!
21 Bless the LORD, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him, doing His will.
22 Bless the LORD, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the LORD, O my soul!” Psalm 103:19-22.


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