Devotion for Monday, May 2, 2022

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers” (Philemon 1:3-4)

We hear the words often, but do we truly desire others to be in the grace and peace of our Lord?  These are things we can and should desire for our neighbor.  When we say, “peace” to our neighbor, it is not wishful thinking, but asking that our neighbor be filled with the Holy Spirit and walk in His provision.  Yes, we should love our neighbor such that we desire for them what we want for ourselves.

Do you pray for your neighbor as you would want them to pray for you?  Do you remember others in prayer?  Do you care for others and lift them up to the Lord?  Being Christian is not about just having a right attitude, but about the very real work of caring for your neighbor in real and tangible ways.  Come then and live and give God’s peace and pray even for your enemies.

Holy Trinity, in You alone does existence have its meaning.  Guide me into the life You know I need, my Lord.  Help me in seeking to please You Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Come, Holy Spirit, and fill my heart so that I would be faithful.  In all of these things, help me this day to be true to You in thought, word, and deed.  May I join in being thankful for every opportunity to serve You.  Amen.