“12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”
Paul describes the Christian life as a life of peace, harmony, and hospitality not just with each other but with strangers. It is a life of prayer even in suffering. It is a life of service to others; caring for those in need.
The Christian life that Paul describes is a life that is blessed by the love and mercy of God. It is a life that is empowered by the Holy Spirit. It is a life that is founded on and anchored in the teachings of Christ.
It is a life in which no matter what happens in this world, we can still rejoice in hope.
May the love of Christ be with you
Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)