Paul's Love for the Saints
July 25, 2007
INTRODUCTION: The book of Philippians is one of a group of letters written by the Apostle Paul, referred to as the Prison Epistles. In this letter, Paul is writing from his prison cell in Rome to the church in Philippi, which he founded (Acts 16). These folks were near and dear to his him. He loved them with all of his heart. In (vs. 3), he said, "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you."
Let's put down two things about Paul's love for the saints:
I. PAUL'S REMEMBRANCE OF THE SAINTS
Please notice once again, (vv. 3, 4) "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy.
A. He remembered them in prayer
1. How important is it for us to pray for one
another? Very important! Ephes. 6:18 tells us that we are to pray: "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints." Just think of what could be accomplished if we prayed for one another like that...if we prayed for victory in the life of a friend, if we prayed for the success of his family or fulfillment on the job. I believe prayer works, don't you? Then we ought to do more of it.
2. Now, what did Paul pray for? In (vv. 9, 10), he said, 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. What was the desired result? (vs. 11): That they might be filled "…with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God."
3. Paul's desire was that not only would their love for one another grow, but that their love for Christ would grow. Here is something very important: When our love for Christ grows, the love for one another will grow--the two are ...
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