Urged to come

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

“A woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, a God-fearing woman, listened to us. The Lord opened her heart to respond to what Paul was saying. After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, “If you consider me to be a believer in the Lord, come and stay in my house.” And she persuaded us.” Acts 16.14-15

Paul and his companions had arrived in the city of Philippi. On the Sabbath, they had gone to a location outside the city gate to the side of the river, where they thought they would find a place of prayer.

Upon arriving, they began to speak with a group of women who were assembled there. Lydia listened to them and the Lord opened her heart to Paul’s message. She responded, being baptized, along with her household.

Lydia opened her home to Paul and his companions. They were already accommodated in another location, but she was persistent in urging that they come to her home.

Christians live in communion with one another. It is an important aspect of the life of the church. The love and service that we share is one of the attitudes that make us different from the world.

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