“I pray… that all of them may be one” — that was what Jesus Christ called His disciples to be (John 17:20-21). God’s wish for Christians is to be united, supportive as it is described in Philippians 2:1-2: “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.”. This was the topic of Aleksej Obukhov’s sermon at the Sunday meeting of the church “Philadelphia” on 31 October.

We should be united in obeying God as a better doctor who gives us the prescription for our spiritual and soul diseases. Sometimes these diseases “cost” us a lot, and we have to sacrifice something: put a lot of efforts, spend time, pay the price that is adequate to the result we want to see. Very often we try to buy cheaper medicines, but they don’t give the needed result. The same is in the spiritual sphere, when we give God just a half of our heart, our attention and time, we have twice as less blessings. We can pay even more for automedication and going into different dubious medical frauds, bringing a lot of harm in the end.

Pastor Dmitry Vladykin told about temptations and tests. Most often they do not please us, giving us more suffering and problems. Though apostle James in his epistle tells us to be happy about this (James 1:2-3). Jesus warned His disciples that they were going to have afflictions and sufferings. All this happens with a purpose. Ordeals and coming over temptations make us more patient and strong. This is the reason for joy.



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