Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Tuesday - shipwrecked faith

O God,  You have brought me out of the darkness of night into the brightness of morning.  By Your Holy Spirit, dispel the darkness of my sin and doubt.  In Your goodness, pour such light into my heart that I may be Yours without fear or separation,  through Jesus Christ my Lord.  Amen.

            Read 1 Timothy 1: 19-20

Here Paul says for Timothy to hold on to faith and good conscience.   Some people in this Christian community have already shipwrecked their faith;  for instance  Hymenaeus and Alexander.     Obviously Hymenaeus and Alexander were known to both Timothy and the new Christian community.  But what they did to shipwreck their faith,  we do not know.
We all know people who have "shipwrecked their faith".... people who suddenly stop attending Church or people who say that because awful things are happening to them,  they think that God is not a part of their lives.    No matter what we say about the love of God,  these people seem to have their ears blocked and eyes closed to the love of God.   This is when we must hold these people constantly in our prayers.  Always pray.     Be kind and be gentle.  Offer peace and love.   But always pray!

Thank You God that You fill my heart with all joy and all peace in believing.  May I  be overflowing with hope through the power of Your Holy Spirit.  Amen.

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