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“Now if Timothy comes, see that he is with you without cause to be afraid, for he is doing the Lord’s work, as I also am. So let no one despise him. But send him on his way in peace, so that he may come to me; for I expect him with the brethren” (1 Corinthians 16:10-11).

Working amongst the Lord’s people is not always easy. People are wary and mistrustful. Yet the Lord always provides according to the goodness of His mercy. Treat others as you would want to be treated. Test, but do no harm. Some things do not change and there are those who make it difficult to do the Lord’s work. Live then in harmony with others and do not be contentious.

Lord, where I am wary, guide me that I may be helpful. Where I do not trust, but should, lead me to trust. Help me to live into the life of loving my neighbor. Help me to learn how to do for others as I would want them to do by me. Guide me in the upward call of this fellowship into which You have brought me that I may grow in the likeness of Christ, living a life of faith.

Lord Jesus, in You is all hope in the future. Guide me that I would receive those who come into our midst in Your name. Grant that I be both discerning and also hospitable that I would be led as You intend in the upward way of salvation. Through all things, be the One who guides and leads. Amen.

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