Devotion #4

Paul and Covid19

 

If we are struggling with all the changes and concerns that Covid19 has brought about in our lives and in the lives of our family and friends these past few months, we could do worse than to look at the teachings and the inspiration that can be found in the letters of the apostle Paul, particularly the ones he wrote to the young churches in Ephesus, Philippi and Colosse.

    There was no global pandemic during this time; nevertheless, we could say that Paul was forcibly ‘quarantined’ for more than two years when these letters were written, because he wrote them all from a jail cell.

    Despite his circumstances, he never lost heart, he never stopped inspiring his young congregations, which included Gentiles and Jews, with the Gospel message and never doubted his faith and his love for the Lord.

    Here are a few quotes from these three letters which apply to us today every bit as much as they did almost 2000 years ago:

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which              God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be known by God.”

Colossians 3:12 “So, as those who have been chosen by God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”