Philippians 2:27
God Had Mercy

27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.

If all the characteristics mentioned in this chapter teaching us of the mind of Christ were ours, we would have real joy in what God is doing in and through others, and in us. The examples of Paul, Timotheus and Epaphroditus should search us that we may see if we can be used for the blessing of sinners in our Gospel work, and if saints in the assembly of which we are a part.

We feel for each other – maybe not physical pain –
But a concern for one that we know.
Especially if that pain comes again and again –
We can’t help but let our sympathy show.
To know one is grieving, helpless and alone,
Touches our heart strings as we think of their plight.
It is natural in God’s family for empathy to be known –
And to be assured of our prayers in the night.

It affects all of us who know that sister or brother,
When we hear of heart trouble, cancer or a stroke.
We are caught unawares at first and think, “How awful,”
Our concern came back this morning when we awoke.
So one of the first things we do, maybe still lying in bed,
Is to pray for that person’s problem to our Father.
We ask for their recovery, but if not, then instead –
We ask for contentment and comfort for our brother.

I know when one is ill, there continues a hope still –
That God in mercy may bring back their health and strength.
But if this is their final hill, O God, their cup of comfort fill –
That they may endure with peace for its full length.
May God’s grace be on display, in all they do and say –
May their faith in God be manifest to all.
May God’s love along the way, be evident each day –
May they have joy in heart and soul when God calls.

“Father of the hurting saints: remember those we pray for who we know are going through hard physical times. A number of them are in the terminal stage of life. Others are struggling to get back some normalcy in life. Give them grace for grace. I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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