Good Morning Church Family,
Paul writes in Philippians 2:12-13
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”
This is encouraging to me. Before this there is a promised future glory for those who humble themselves like Jesus. Then, we are called to work out our salvation because God is working in us.
On Sunday mornings we are in some tough teachings from Jesus, sandwiched by the grace of the beatitudes and the promise of a sure foundation at the end of Chapter 7. The grace of God in your life is sure. Jesus is not saying measure up or ship out. He has given you new life and calls you to embrace it. He’s warning you of the depth and consequences of the death culture of sin.
Today, let’s work out our salvation together. Let’s carry out the work that God has, is and will do in us. Jesus calls you to think about the anger you feel and see in Matthew 5:21-26. Maybe you need to ask forgiveness. Maybe you need to extend forgiveness. Talk to your loved ones about ways you and they can invite Jesus into the difficult and angry places and allow Him to work out your salvation in that moment.
We love you, we are praying for you, and we hope you have a wonderful Monday morning!