PAUL’S EXHORTATION TO BELIEVERS
Philippians 2:19-21 says:
19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition .
20 For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare.
21 For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.
As we study God’s Word it is good to remember that men like Paul, Peter, and John were not only faced with trials from without but from within. There were Believers who seeked not after the things of the Lord (much like today) and made Paul’s ability to minister more difficult.
One of the most notable of those who left Paul was a fellow named Demas. Apparently he was with Paul at Rome.
Colossians 4:14 says:
Luke, the beloved physician, sends you his greetings, and also Demas.
But sometime latter, Demas left Paul. Paul mentions this in
2 Timothy 4:10
10 For Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica.
So you see that this has been going on for sometime, however God does not want us to withdraw.
1 Timothy 6:12 tells us to:
Fight the good fight of faith ; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Ephesians 6:10 says:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. .
Galatians 6:10 says:
10 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.
Believers in Jesus Christ will experience heartache and disappointment when it comes to other believers and the unsaved, but we are not to get discouraged – God’s Word spoken through the Apostle Paul rings out.
Philippians 1:6 says:
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Posted by Akinyemi Michael