Mo 3/25Tu 3/26We 3/27Th 3/28Fr 3/29Sa 3/30Su 3/31
Prov. 12
Eph. 5
Prov. 13
Eph. 6
Prov. 14
Phil. 1
Prov. 15
Phil. 2
Prov. 16
Phil. 3
Prov. 17
Phil. 4
Prov. 18
Col. 1

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

The book of Philippians has a theme of peace and unity running through it. The Apostle Paul calls the church to “being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose” (Phil. 2:2). He also exhorts certain women in the church, who apparently weren’t getting along, to “live in harmony in the Lord” (Phil. 4:2).

He demonstrates in himself this unity and peace he desires to see in the Philippian church in several ways in the letter.

  • First, he overlooks the envy and strife of some of the men that are proclaiming the Gospel. (1:15–18)
  • Second, he is willing to sacrifice his own desires for the sake of the church’s needs. He would rather be with Jesus, but he’s happy to remain here in order to benefit the church. (1:21–26)
  • Third, he calls those who are causing disunity in the body through their false gospel “dogs” and “evil workers.” This might be the most surprising aspect of his work to unify the church—urging them to reject the right people. (3:2)
  • Then he also points out to them the sacrifices that they have made on behalf of him financially, because of their loving unity with him. (4:10–20)

All of these things demonstrate that unity in the church flows out of unity with Christ. And in Christ, our sacrifices for others are turned on their heads. It is not the others who benefit, ultimately, but us! For the profit “increases to your account” (Phil. 4:17).

Where are you willing to sacrifice for others in the church? That is where you will benefit the most yourself.

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.
—Philippians 2:14–15

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – God, you make the first last and the last first. You raise up the low and lower the high. You make even the actions of evil men result in the greater progress of the Gospel. What a glorious, powerful God You are, always accomplishing Your will!
  • Confession – Father, my selfishness gets in the way of unity with my brothers and sisters in Christ.
  • Thanksgiving – Thank you that Jesus wasn’t selfish with what He had, but gave it up for the sake of the church.
  • Supplication – Please help me not to grumble, but to work cheerfully so that the world will see Your light more clearly.

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This post by Joseph Bayly

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