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Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you …” – Ephesians 3:13a

A woman told me she quit sharing prayer requests with her small fellowship group because they could not emotionally handle what she was going through.

It was strange to see – when she would share others would shrink away. She said she was handling her problems a lot better than they were!

The apostle, Paul, had a similar experience and told his followers not to faint for his tribulations.

He was doing well because he could see the big picture of the church at large, and him as part, being used to display God’s wisdom through difficulties.

To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God” – Ephesians 3:10-12

Knowing God’s intent and knowing one is on track make all the difference!

– fritz

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“God, … created all things by Jesus Christ:” – Ephesians 3:9

Essential it is to realize God, the almighty, created all things by Jesus Christ.

Paul wasn’t the only one teaching this, the apostle John wrote:

“In the beginning was the Word … through him all things were made … though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him … the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” John 1 (NIV)

Just as the physical body is our method of interacting in this world and each other so Jesus is, and always has been, God’s way of interaction with his Universe.

Paul clarifies that it was not just “Christ” but “Jesus Christ” who is one and the same.

Think about that the next time someone tries to tell you Jesus was just a prophet, teacher, or good man.

– fritz

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Time, like an ever rolling stream,

Bears all its sons away;

They fly, forgotten, as a dream

Dies at the opening day.

– Hymn: O God, Our Help in ages Past, Isaac Watts

I don’t know why my wife loves me; she probably couldn’t tell you, either. It is God’s gift to her and me we can enjoy but not explain.

Love is that way – it chooses its own objects of affection. Our part is to accept it, or not.

God’s Love for us is like that, too. Why he would choose such an unlikely candidate, who is only here for a brief moment, is beyond my cognitive powers. Mine (and yours) is to respond with a “Yes!” or move on.

“In him we were also chosen … to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 1:11, 3:18b-19

Love doesn’t tolerate, it chooses.

– fritz

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