Archive for May, 2008

Meeting Physical Needs

In verses 10-20, Paul thanks the Philippian church for their faithful giving.

Paul stresses that the gifts were not necessary, but that he appreciates them nevertheless.

There is always this tension: ministers for Christ should be content no matter their circumstances, but there is great blessing for both the ministers and the people who give to their ministries.

When given the choice to give or not to give, if there is any question, go ahead and give!

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A Great Example

Verse 9 is not the first place I’ve read Paul suggesting that people follow his example.

What would it take for me to feel comfortable writing or saying this?

I don’t even like the thought of putting a Christian symbol on my car, for fear I will be a poor witness.

How do I live like Christ consistently enough that I can be an example to the people around me?

I suppose the first step is consistent prayer.

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Thought Life

It’s easy to go over negative experiences in your mind and reply them over and over.

I think this is one reason why we’re taught in the Bible not to let the sun go down on our anger.

Paul lists positive and uplifting things to think about in verse 8.

How does this list compare to my thought life? How does it compare to yours, dear Reader?

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Internal Peace

Paul describes, in verses 6-7, the key to peace.


Why are the most difficult problems the ones that God appears to solve most simply?

I don’t pray enough. Therefore, I get stressed out.

Prayer will not eliminate stress and weariness, but it will make a significant difference.

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Paul writes, in verse 5, “Let your gentleness be evident to all” (NIV).

But how about when a firm hand and a confrontational spirit are necessary? How did the prophets of the OT live out this verse?

The key outcome is to model the second half of the verse, “The Lord is near.”

In gentleness or in confrontation, people around us should sense that the Lord is near.

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Rejoice always? That doesn’t even make sense.

I don’t rejoice when someone I love dies, even when I know they’re in heaven.

I don’t rejoice when my checking account is overspent.

I don’t rejoice when the driver in front of me cuts me off on the highway.

But the verse specifically says, “Rejoice in the Lord always” (NIV verse 4).

That makes a bit more sense. No matter my circumstances, I can always rejoice in what God has done for me.

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Euodia v. Syntyche

In the Commentary Critial and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, it is noted about Paul in verse 2 that he does not take sides in the disagreement between Euodia and Syntyche.

This is a wise way to handle conflict when there is no clear right or wrong perspective, but rather simple differences of personality and style.

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