Philippians 1:25-2:4 – July 18
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
Paul’s Chains Advance the Gospel
25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.
Life Worthy of the Gospel
27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.
Imitating Christ’s Humility
2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Choose Unity and Humility | Becky Newman
What does “a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ” look like? How can we ever act worthy of the gospel when sin has such a hold on the world? I think the rest of today’s reading gives insight on what it should look like. Primarily, it’s choosing unity and humility. The Good News should be the One Thing that unifies us above all others, and in order to fully accept the Good News — what Jesus has done for us — we must humble ourselves under God, not ever truly worthy of what Jesus did for us, but as close as we can get.
That “whatever happens” part of this verse — Satan will cheer on whatever to happen just to cause disunity and pride to take over, like a sniper choosing to take out police officers in protest, or a terrorist choosing to run a truck through a crowd of families celebrating a holiday, or in the disguise of venting when I start spreading negativity, which breeds disunity, rather than encouragement. It’s a choice. WHATEVER HAPPENS, I must choose unity and humility. Serving You, not myself. This is probably one of the biggest things holding me back from growth, feeling like I need to vent frustrations to others but, in so doing, spreading disunity like cancer.
Lord, help me with this! Help me to act worthy of Your sacrifice and love for me. Help me to choose unity and humility, to lay my frustrations at Your feet, surrendering them to You, so You can guide me through Your Holy Spirit on the words to say or not say.
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