Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 12, 2021

“So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Timothy 1:15-18.

“You are aware of the fact that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.  The Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains;  but when he was in Rome, he eagerly searched for me and found me— the Lord grant to him to find mercy from the Lord on that day—and you know very well what services he rendered at Ephesus.”  2 Timothy 1:15-18.

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So to speak, Paul was very aware of who “ghosted” him (hid from him) and who “hosted” him (served him). 

Likewise, we are also very aware of how others treat us.

Paul contrasts how Phygelus and Hermogenes treated him with how Onesiphorus treated him.

How do we make others feel?  

Do we make them feel lonely or do we make them feel loved? 

Do we make them feel rejected or do we make them feel refreshed?

“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.”  Luke 6:31. 

“Be hospitable to one another without complaint.  As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”  1 Peter 4:10-10.

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.  And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.  There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.  But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”  1 Corinthians 12:4-7. 

“So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”  Galatians 6:10.

But, there is help!

“We love, because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:19.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;  against such things there is no law.  …

If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”  Galatians 5:22-23 and 25. 

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.


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