Philippians 2:29
Receive Him… In The Lord

29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:

A man of faithful reputation is one whose friendship prize.
He comes among God’s people humble, not needing to be pared down to size.
His care for others has been recorded in words of commendation –
And his coming will be a blessing we know by his reputation.

He has been tried and proven, as other will testify.
Such people don’t come suspiciously, making us wonder why
He didn’t seem very willing to tell us from whence he came.
A person we gladly receive will have gathered in Jesus’ name.

We can easily open our homes to anyone who has a need.
But receiving to our assembly fellowship, means to God’s Word they heed.
The testimony of others gives weight unto their words –
And we hold them with respect – others assured us that we could.

A lesson to learn in this day and age is not everyone can be trusted
To tell the truth about themselves, so if they seem arrogant or flustered –
Read a commendation letter from someone that you know –
And that written assurance will his testimony show.

And if there is some grace that can be manifestly seen –
You are generally on safe ground to ask where they have been.
True saints will gladly answer knowing you are acting biblically –
And the saints of the assembly can receive that person heartily.

“Holy God, my Father: in the recent past we have had some come in to our remembrance meeting, but they seemed offended that we didn’t receive them without question. The facial expressions and body language showed they were angry at our guarded reception. Please give is wisdom to act at such times as the Spirit of God would guide us. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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