Thoughts on Philippians 4

Noticed a huge difference in Paul’s “tone” between The ESV version and The Message version. The Message gives Paul’s words more emotion – less stoic strict teacher, more heart passion mentor. It’s good to refer to different versions from time to time.

I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. (Philippians 4:2 ESV)

Disagreements between believers, even leaders, have existed even in the early church. We don’t know what they disagreed about, but it’s something small enough that Paul didn’t blast them like he did for those who caused disagreements about salvation by grace and faith in Jesus. In that sense it was minor, but it was important enough, and a church-wide issue, for him to include them specifically in his letter (as guided by the Holy Spirit, so God is concerned about this – these kinds of issues as well). We must help them, because these kinds of disagreements hurt the church. The key phrase being – “in the Lord “.

Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; (Philippians 4:5 ESV)

Reasonable. Could be “able to reason”, or “able to be reasoned with”. Not unreasonable. NIV and NIV uses gentleness. MSG gives the image of a person who works well with people. In context of verse 2, it gives a clearer picture.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8 ESV)

I should memorize this..

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content…I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:11, 13 ESV)

The secret to being content, is God’s strength!

There’s still more to this chapter.. definitely for another time ^^

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