Pearls From Philippians

Pearls From Philippians

   Paul’s letter to the Philippian church is one of encouragement and joy in the Lord. Join me in looking at some of the highlights from this wonderful epistle. May some of the Apostle’s words to them speak to our hearts today.

   Let us take courage and renewed faith through the living and ever present truths written so long ago. “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Phil. 1:6 NLT) Be assured of this; God is still working on each of us. When Christ returns, the finished product will be exactly what God created it to be.

  “For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is ever better.” (Phil. 1:21 NLT) Everyone loves a win-win situation. As believers, we have it. A life lived for Christ has no regrets. Jesus offers and provides abundant life here and now. When this life is over we have the assurance of an even greater abundant life for all eternity. Such are the promises of perfect and complete redemption.

   “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” (Phil. 2:4 NLT) Jesus was the supreme example. He left the comfort of heaven and gave up His rights as God to take an interest in us. Because of His great love, He laid down His life. In a similar way we lay down our lives when we genuinely care about the well being of others.

   “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7 NLT) Now, more than ever, it’s time to take one day at a time. It is time to pray more and worry less. It is time to be still, to be thankful, to breathe in His grace and peace. His promises are precious, practical and ever-present. God graciously invites us to let Him carry our cares and worries.

                                                — Terry A. Morrison