FEAST OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

The Apostle Paul, writing to the Romans, declared that Jesus Christ suffered death upon the Cross for our redemption and reconciliation.  Paul could not spurn the love of God and refuse His saving grace.  By the one offering of Himself, Jesus Christ gave a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. “God shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).  (For the story of the conversion of Saul [Paul], read Acts 9:1-26.)

“To know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19).

Paul tells us that God’s love can be fully experienced in all its dimensions “with all saints” – as a community.  Many of us can witness to the wonderful revelation of God’s love and guidance granted to the Chuirch and its faithful in times of peril and persecution.  United in Him, our hearts are open to a fuller understanding of Christ’s love, which surpasses knowledge.

“We know that in everthing God works for good with those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28)

Many centuries ago, Paul expressed a heartening insight about God’s love when he wrote: “In everything God works for good with those who love Him.”  He learned that even the darkest experiences of life can be filled with blessings and joy because God loves us and works with those who love Him.

How much more radiant the lives of may of us would be if we loved God deeply enough to trust in Him, never doubting His love for us!  How much more meaningful our lives if we trusted the working of God’s good purpose even in our darkest experiences!

Because God loves us, we can trust Him when life appears to have more shadow than sunshine.  We know that nothing can come into life to separate us from the love of God.  There are times when difficulties, problems, and distress of life seem to shut out the love of God from our view.  Yet whether we can see the love of God in our daily lives or not, it is there just the same.  His love never fails us.

“Love never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there are speaking in tongues, they shall cease; whether there is knowledge, it shall vanish away” (1 Corinthians 13:8).  St. Paul, the Apostle, had abundant opportunity to test God’s love, and his verdict was: “Love never fails.”

It was out of the abundance of God’s love that Jesus offered “living water” not only to the woman at the well at Sychar, but to all persons everywhere.

“But the solid foundation that God has laid cannot be shaken; and these words are written on it. ‘The Lord knows those who are His;’ and ‘Whoever says that he belongs to the Lord must turn away from wrongdoing” (2 Timothy 2:19).

In our lives, everything shifts continually, but Jesus Christ stands more secure with every passing storm.  We can build safely on Him as ur sure foundation.  Let us rely more upon Christ that He may depend more on us.  Thus we can make our actions, prayers, and thoughts to be “rooted and grounded in love.”

Eastern Christians all over the world are proving daily that the foundation of God stands sure.  He knows then who are His.  Are we His?

[JKA]