“I thank my God, making mention of thee in my prayers, hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast towards the Lord Jesus, and towards all the saints; that the communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus” – Philemon 1:4-6
LIGHT FOR NOW: Part of the identity of the believer which is his nature and also not an answer to prayer is the nature of love.
With what has been established in our studies in previous days, let’s now proceed in this study using a different trajectory but still unveiling the believer’s identity and nature. In our key text (Philemon 1:4-6), Paul in making mention of Philemon in his prayers says this in verse 5 which we will examine before we get to verse 6. Paul says in verse 5 “Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints”. Notice, he uses “love” and “faith” in verse 5. Now the question is, what love is he talking about or what faith is he talking about? Don’t also forget that in verse 6, he uses the word “faith” again, “That the communication of thy faith…” So what did Paul mean in verse 5 when he used “love” and “faith”? Now this will come to the fore in subsequent days as we carefully observe and analyze a similar prayer to the church at Philippi, it reads “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11). Here in Paul’s letter to the Philippians in the above text, Paul uses key words that will be examined as we proceed.
In verse 9, he says “your love”. The word “your” (love), is the word “hymon” in the Greek, which implies “that which is”. Thus, when Paul said “your love” he was being specific or he was definite. That is, he wasn’t praying for love to “abound”. He was not praying that love should abound, rather he prayed that you (the believer’s) love should abound more and more. This thus brings to the fore that everyone (believers) that Paul prayed for here has love (as a nature). In other words, to believers in Christ, love is their nature. Love is part of their identity. Hence, the phrase “your love” refers specifically to each believer’s love walk. In other words, the “love walk” is a walk that is an offspring of a nature. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Know your nature and walk in it.
PRAYER: Father I declare that my eyes are opened up to my realities in you and I walk naturally in the same, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The love walk is a walk that is an outcome of a nature.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 12; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 13