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3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.
We were shocked to discover that after 138 years the cathedral was still being built, and that the work will not be completed until 2026, in order to fulfill the architect Gaudi’s grand vision and design. But the same applies to each of us! I love Paul’s confidence as he writes, “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” So take heart – we are all still works in progress and God hasn’t finished with us yet.
Pray: Lord, thank you for Your continuing work in me. Please give me perseverance as You shape and mould me to be the person you created me to be in Christ Jesus.