My friend, John Gibbons, the State Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), furnished two verses for this issue. Paul’s challenge to “finish” the race and complete the task the Lord has given us is a great inspiration to live our lives with a relentless effort to share the good news of God’s grace to all, no matter how fierce the opposition. Paul faced imprisonment, hardship in every city, but was willing to count it all worthy to suffer for God’s glory and to finish strong.
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:24
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. John 15:13-14
John says he finds great encouragement from our Lord’s declaration that we are His friends by His sacrificial death on the cross. Jesus in return asks us to love others as He loves us. That is impossible to do unless we fully understand He went to the cross on our behalf, while we were yet sinners and all unworthy of Jesus’ unconditional love.
Robin Parkhurst, who works in our firm’s Accounting Department, also furnished two verses this month. She says these verses have helped her to deal with situations in her life that caused her to worry and be concerned at times. Robin says she has learned to trust God and to have hope.
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Matthew 6:25
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
Rebecca Gilliland, a lawyer in our firm’s Consumer Fraud & Commercial Litigation Section, sent in a message from Philippians for this issue. Rebecca says she shares a journal with her best friend back home in Florida. They take turns writing devotionals and mail the book back and forth. The last one that Rebecca sent was about Philippians. She chose verses 6 and 7, not for the “peace beyond all understanding” language that most people know it for, but for verse 6.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guide your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Rebecca had this to say:
Besides the obviously comforting intent of the passage, I find solace in these words for other reasons. It is not only a passage about finding peace in God, but is a reminder that you must continually place your burdens upon Him. It is a reminder to prayerfully and thankfully place your burdens on the Lord. Do not expect to be given an easy or peaceful life – you must offer your burdens to the Lord – and, as you do so, thank God that he is there to take your burdens. Once you have prayerfully and thankfully placed your burdens at His feet, THEN the peace beyond all understanding comes to you and will guide your heart and mind. God freely grants his love and peace when it is sought, but we must be mindful to constantly seek it.
ReNay R. Robertson, a legal secretary in our firm, furnished a verse for this issue. She says Romans 8:28 speaks to her in every situation. In good times, it’s easy to praise God for His goodness and blessings. She stated:
All Things! In sad times, we ask for peace and comfort that only He can give. All things. In times of trouble and uncertainty when our very nature is to be angry and ask “why me,” “why my child,” “Lord, why won’t you” – that little word “all” is so hard to say. all things . . . . These are the times when it’s hard to trust God and pray “Your will be done, Lord.” ALL THINGS! We must ask God what He’s trying to teach us in all situations – that we may serve Him better.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
My good friend, Dr. Terry Stallings, furnished three verses dealing with “faith” for this issue. Terry is a man who not only “talks the talk” he “walks the walk” daily and has been a real inspiration to lots of folks.
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-7
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
Julia Anne Beasley, a lawyer in the firm, supplied a timely verse for this issue:
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
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