Friday, 23 February 2018
Paul was pleading with Euodia and Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord (Philippians 4:2). Paul was telling the Philippians to rejoice, be gentle, not to be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present their requests to God. Paul assured them that the peace of God will guard their hearts and their minds in Christ Jesus (verses 4-7). Paul told them to think good thoughts. Paul must have demonstrated the way of Christ and he encouraged the Philippians to put into practice whatever they have learned, or received, or heard from him, or seen in him. He assured them again (in verse 9) that the God of peace will be with them.
Dear Father God,
Indeed, we desperately need the Peace of Christ to guard our hearts and our minds. Mahatma Gandhi said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Thank You for this gentle reminder. Father, we repent and ask for Your forgiveness.
Father, help us to take heed of all comments with discernment and humility. Help us to change, not into what the world expects but into the true image of Christ. We are accountable to You. Help us to yield to the Holy Spirit as He directs us.
In Jesus’ Name I pray.
Spiritual perseverance is actively thinking and practicing. If we experience disappointments, we are merely being purified and perfected to become like Christ. Let us learn not from the world but from the Spirit of the LORD – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD – and we will delight in the fear of the LORD! To God be the glory!
Lam Yee Ling