The great thing about following Christ is knowing that it is forever. Romans 8 says it best—there is NOW NO condemnation for those who love God, for those that are called according to his purpose. Then later he said NOTHING Shall separate us from the Love of God…point being, God is committed. That is why it is a great encouragement on the bad days to know that God is still at work and will continue to work until we are finished at the finish.
The hardest paradigm shift for humans involves the change from a perspective to an eternal one. It is the idea that we are simply on the journey to heaven not there yet. Once we get there we will be ready to meet him and spend eternity with God. The bold work is difficult—we will be shaped and molded and until the end, there will always be corners to smooth, texture to finish and humanity to shape. But, he is willing to stick all the way! Thank you Lord for never giving up
God Bless You
Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.
7-8 It’s not at all fanciful for me to think this way about you. My prayers and hopes have deep roots in reality. You have, after all, stuck with me all the way from the time I was thrown in jail, put on trial, and came out of it in one piece. All along you have experienced with me the most generous help from God. He knows how much I love and miss you these days. Sometimes I think I feel as strongly about you as Christ does!