Re:Verse passage – Philippians 4:1-9 (day two)
The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. vs. 9
OK, be honest, have you ever struggled through a particularly dense passage of scripture and wondered…how can I apply this to my life? There are times when the broad stroke of God’s grace unfolds in scripture over generations of people. Those moments need a greater context of the plan and purpose of God. Paul, in his letter to the Philippians is chock full of applicable life lessons.
To live is Christ and to die is gain. 1:21
Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. 1:27
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. 2:3
Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. 2:12
Do everything without complaining or arguing. 2:14
I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 3:12
And now at the end of this letter he sums up the formula for continued growth in our faith: focus on the things that matter. Focus on the true things, the beautiful, noble, pure, right, and excellent. These are the things that should occupy your thoughts. The promise is that God will be near.