A change of tack for us all in our daily readings as we look at Paul’s letter to the Philippians. And as I have said several times previously I am very glad that these daily emails have been a blessing to a good number of you, but I don’t want them to be a burden if you are doing your own thing in terms of your own Quiet times or Bible reading scheme/notes.
Philippians is probably the most loved of the Apostle Paul’s letters because of a number of standout passages or verses, an emphasis on joy (sometimes known as the joyful epistle), and the obvious fondness which Paul has for the church there. The church isn’t perfect though (none are!) and there are some challenges which Paul gives to his first readers, and also to us. If you have time to read the background to how the church started you need to read Acts Chapter 16 verses 11-40.
Our passage today is Chapter 1 verses 1 to 11.
– Do note the comprehensiveness of Paul’s heart for these people. ‘I thank my God EVERY time I remember you. In ALL my prayers for ALL of you, I ALWAYS pray with joy…’ (vs.3-4). Wow!
– Do also note the content of Paul’s prayer for them, vs.9-11. It is to do with their relationship with the Lord (remember last Sunday’s sermon), rather than earthly things, and much of it could be linked to the content of the Lord’s prayer itself.
– And finally there is a great promise in v.6 which I often come back to, when we feel we might lose our faith or have gone off course, that it isn’t just down to us, but the Lord is a strong hand in this as well. ‘…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’
Pray these things for one another, and especially today on our church address list for,
– Roy & Rita
– Robert & Jan