Monday, February 23, 2015

Polycarp: hold on to the hope

Monday, February 23, 2015
    Feast of Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr, c.155
    Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
    —1 John 2:6 (NIV)
    Let us therefore without ceasing hold fast by our hope and by the earnest of our righteousness, which is Jesus Christ who took up our sins in His own body upon the tree, who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth, but for our sakes He endured all things, that we might live in Him. Let us therefore become imitators of His endurance; and if we should suffer for His name’s sake, let us glorify Him. For He gave this example to us in His own person, and we believed this.
    ... Polycarp (69?-155?), Letter to the Philippians A.D. 110-140, 8:1-2 (see the book)
    See also 1 Chr. 16:11; Job 17:9; Ps. 37:23-24; 138:8; Hos. 12:6; Matt. 10:22; 24:12-13; Mark 13:13; John 13:15; Rom. 2:7; Eph. 5:1-2; Col. 2:6-7; 1 John 2:6; 1 Pet. 2:21-24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen me so that I may follow Your example.
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