My prayer for you my friend is that you may grow more in spiritual insight, and in knowledge and in all judgment. I want you always to approve things that are excellent, and that you be sincere and without offence till the Lord returns, for this will bring glory and praise to God.
Grow more in spiritual insight, that everything happening around you isn’t "as though some strange thing happened unto you" 1 Peter 4:12. But whether you’re in need, bonds, trials, persecutions, or is life or death; remember your life is now "set for the defence of the gospel" Philippians 1:17. Paul said, "For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake" Philippians 1:29. We are in this fight together, and so the struggle is on whether it’s by life or death. Paul says, the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me, "according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again" Philippians 1:20-26.
To live is Christ, "Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ" Philippians 1:27. Be good stewards of the manifold grace of God, and be filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
muzembi.org - Simple Gospel Summation
|Philippians||1||To all the saints - grace ||
Approve things that are excellent
|Philippians||2||Let this mind be in you!|
|Philippians||3||Walk by the same rule!|
|Philippians||4||Experience God’s peace|