and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:19
This past Christmas, our pastor challenged us to wish folks a "Christ-filled Christmas" rather than simply saying Merry Christmas. I really took to that saying.
That cliche "have a nice day" is, to me, better replaced with that same saying, "Have a Christ-filled day." I've begun using the phrase a lot - and as I closed a comment to a reader with that statement, I started thinking.
No matter what the circumstance, what the day is like, what our mood is - we can always turn to Christ. We may or may not be able to have a "good" day - but our days can always be Christ-filled.
I've said before that I love the Psalms because David is so open with his feelings. He shares exactly what is happening for him, sadness - despair - pain; and yet, he always turns his focus back to God.
So it can be for those of us with chronic illnesses and chronic pain. No matter what our day brings - we can focus on God. We can praise, we can pray, we can intercede for others. Some days, we can simple "be" with Him.
So, today, I sincerely pray a life replete with Christ-filled days. As Paul wrote:
"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3: 17-19
Amen and amen!
Have a Christ-filled day, my friends!
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