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“You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.  May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains” (1 Timothy 1:15-16)

The idea that the fellowship of the church is always good is a fable.  The wicked one wants contention and will do all he can to stir the pot; but the Lord will use all circumstances to do what He wills for the sake of those who love Him.  Through all things and in all circumstances, keep your eyes upon the Lord.  Know that in Him is life and that in this world there will be trouble.

Lord, let me not be a troublemaker, nor listen to those who would hinder the way of the Gospel.  Guide me in Your goodness to look to You and live according to Your Word.  Guide me, O Lord, in the way of true life and lead me in Your goodness to hold fast to the truth You have delivered once for all.  Through all that comes, help me see through the wiles of the wicked one and stand firm for all in the truth of the Gospel.

Lord Jesus, You have given me the words of truth and life.  In You is all hope.  Yet, there are those who, for their own reasons, fight against the church and bring disharmony.  Lead me, Lord, as one of Yours to hold fast and protect the fellowship by standing up to those who would harm Your little ones.  Guide me in the way of everlasting life and grow in me Your likeness.  Amen.