Re:Verse reading–Philemon 1-25 (day five)
vs 5 “because I hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints;”
A question people often ask. Comes in different forms and phrases- “How do I know I am getting stronger in my faith?”, “How do I know I am closer to God?”
Are there indicators or evidences that point to real faith? The scripture does point to several. One of those is a deep affection and love for God’s people (the church). In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (chapter 5) as he describes the love between a husband and wife, he uses the analogy of Christ’s love for the church.
Want a litmus for your faith? Ask how much you love the church (more specifically, all the people in the church) – those that agree and disagree with you, those that encourage and are a challenge to you. It will be a deep and growing love for Christ that will produce a deep and growing love for His people.