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January 8th, 2018 - Phil 1:7-10

                    Daily Devotional <> Monday <> January 8, 2018

                    Paul' Greeting to the Philippians -3 <> Philippians 1:7-10

                          Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   Paul feels justified in having a thankful heart for the Philippians. He treasurers their loyalty of how they stood with him whether he was in prison, on trial or traveling around, confirming the Gospel. The Philippians had a sense of moral uprightness (in keeping God's law) & is often translated throughout the New Testament as “righteous.” In this case, it indicates that Paul's thoughts regarding the Philippians, were in a perfect way in total agreement with God's will. Because I have you in my heart: Heart, refers to the innermost part of a person, the place where one thinks & reflects. Since defense implies speech, we can be certain that Paul was not silent while in prison, but boldly spoke of Jesus. “The Gospel both overthrows it foes & strengthens its friends.” Grace here means the undeserved strength from God to carry on the work of the Lord in the face of severe opposition.

 

   Their faithfulness makes Paul want to be with the people in Philippi. Paul's expression of love for these people in Philippian People & writing to the Gentiles about the Lord & Salvation. The Grace of God had broken down the ancient hatred, & now they were all one in Christ.

 

   Thanksgiving now gives way to prayer. Paul asks one thing that their love constantly increase in knowledge & all discernment. The primary aim of the Christian life is to love God & His people. But love is not just a matter of emotion. So Paul here is praying not only that the Philippians will continue in the display of Christian love, but also that their love will be exercised in full knowledge & all discernment.

 

   Love that is enlightened will also enable them to avoid what is questionable or downright wrong. Paul would have them be sincere, that is, utterly transparent, & blameless in view of the day of Christ.  One way to show love for God's people is, asking forgiveness from those who were wronged & making restitution whenever possible.