Philippians
Chapter 4
Verses 1-6
Philippians 4:1-6

Therefore, my beloved brothers and longed for, my joy and crown, stand in the Lord,
beloved ones.

I entreat Euodia, and I entreat Syntyche, think the same thing in the Lord.  And I ask
you also, true yokefellow, help those who in the gospel struggled with me, and with
Clement, and the rest of my fellow-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to all
men.  The Lord is near.

Be anxious about nothing, but in everything by prayer and by petition with thanksgiving let
your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all
understanding will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Paul loved the brethren at Philippi.  He calls them beloved, longed for and beloved again.  
That is the love that should always characterize God's people.  By our love, Jesus said
people would know that we are His disciples. [John  :  ]

They were to stand in the Lord.  The most important thing for them was their relationship
to the Lord.  As they would remain in the Lord, walking by the same rule, and being of the
same mind, they would remain in the Lord.

Euodia and Syntyche seemed to be having a problem with each other.  Every relationship
has its problems: friend with friend, husband with wife, parents with children, etc.  There
are times when you do not get along.  It is then that you need to be reminded of the
importance of the relationship and what cements it together.  Euodia and Syntyche needed
such a reminder.  Walk by the same rule, think the same thing.  Be concerned with what
God has revealed, and stick with that.

Paul asks for Philippi's help, not for himself, but for those who labored with him.  Whether
it be the women who were with him, or the rest of his fellow-workers,  Paul was
concerned for those who worked with him.  They, as well as he, had their names written in
the book of life.

One young brother in Virginia had been a Christian only a short time.  He and I had gone to
visit and study with one of his neighbors.  The neighbor remarked, "So you have your name
on the books of the church down there."

The brother answered, "It doesn't make any difference which book your name is in down
here, it is whether it is in the Lamb's book of life that matters."

Paul tells them to rejoice in the Lord always.  Regardless of your situation, regardless of
your circumstances, regardless of your pain, regardless of your discomfort, rejoice.  You
rejoice in the blessings of the Lord.  You rejoice in what He has done for you.  You rejoice
in what He is doing for you.  You rejoice in what He is going to do for you.  This you can
do regardless of what life is doing to you.  It is a matter of attitude.

This does not mean you will never cry.  It does not mean you will never be sad.  It does not
mean that you will never mourn.  But, you can rejoice in the midst of these.

Let you gentleness be known to all men.  Some people take pride in their gruffness.  They
take pride in the fact that others are afraid of them.  However, that does not reflect the love
of God.  It is God's power, not His gruffness that strikes fear in the hearts of men.  Man is
not God that he is powerful.  Man must be gentle.

Remember, the Lord is at hand, He is near.  He knows what you are thinking, He knows
what you are saying, He knows what you are doing.  Act accordingly.  Act like He hears
your thoughts.  Act like He hears your words.  Act like He sees your actions.

Don't worry, be happy.  That is the message of Paul to the Philippians.  Don't worry about
anything.  How do you accomplish that?  Prayer.  Let your cares and worries be known in
prayer to God.  Give them to Him, and His peace will be yours.  It is a peace that is beyond
human comprehension.   But this peace is only found in Christ Jesus.
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