The Lord My Shelter: Philippians 2:12
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,
- Philippians 2:1
Paul's understanding of union with Christ spills over into all sorts of other things: encouragement, comfort, sharing in the Spirit, tenderness and compassion. So much flows out of this one fountain.
One of the applications we're invited to experience: union with Christ means a certain type of safety.
Picture yourself living in a strong tower. Secure. From that place of security, you can welcome the weary and wounded. You can take risks, knowing you have a safe place of retreat. You can rest and heal.
The safety Christ provides doesn't mean that we'll never be wounded or that we'll never experience pain. But it does mean that our pain and woundedness don't have the last word on us. Jesus does.
How will you make use of the shelter Christ provides today?
The Bible is full of this image of the Lord as a shelter in a world full of danger. As a devotional exercise, you can slowly read one of the following Psalms and ask the Lord to help you enjoy his sheltering protection today: Psalm 18, Psalm 46, or Psalm 91.
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