Memories are heartbeats that linger through the years, Echoes never fading of our smiles and of our tears. Life is such a collection of memories that we share, A happiness inside us that will always be found there. –Author Unknown
The great missionary, Paul, was writing back to one of his churches. Paul had a close relationship with the church at Philippi. They were his brothers and sisters in Christ. My husband and I speak often of those we love in the Lord whose gift to us among other things is “Great Treasured Memories.” No doubt for all of us “remembrance” is a two way street. Just imagine the memories the Christians at Philippi had of their time with Paul.
“Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:4
Paul gives us three things in verses 4-6 that we should all do or emulate concerning our friends!
- He always prayed for them with requests to God and did so in joy.
- He rejoiced in their fellowship. (In this case, they gave him gifts) What joy and memories can be achieved through giving! But fellowship can also include those wonderful times of being together. We should all have tons of memories through the local church fellowships “in the Gospel.” The Word is the center of our fellowship!
- He expressed confidence that God is working in each life. Paul knew God would complete that work.
I trust you are a person with friends and wonderful memories. Why not reflect for a few moments and be glad and happy with the way God has worked and is working in your life.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” I John 1:7