In the last chapter, Paul exhorts the believers in Philippi to maintain unity, to enjoy God’s peace by offering all anxieties to God in prayer, and to be content in their circumstances (4:1-13). After thanking them for participating in his ministry though their support, he closes with greetings and a benediction (4:14-23).
Paul wrote this letter to thank the Philippians for their gift, to convey his warm affection for them, and to encourage them to “[stand] firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (1:27). He argues that joy springs out of unity, and that unity springs out of humility; the ultimate example of humility is the obedience of Christ Jesus to His Father’s will (2:5-11).
READING of PHILIPPIANS 4
Lord, may I be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, may I make my requests known to You. In this way, Your peace, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
Meditation passage for today: verses 4-9, 13, 19
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