Guiding Scripture: Philippians 1:18 ‘But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,’
written by: Torrie Slaughter
As we begin reading Paul’s letter to the Philippians, we must keep the context in mind. If possible, read this letter in its entirety because it is a beautiful reminder of how we are to live as Christ-followers. Many of my meditation scriptures come from these chapters and perhaps some of yours.
Today’s guiding scripture was personally pivotal to me when I was searching for guidance. I needed to shift my attitude to continue pressing forward. The answer I received was Philippians 1:18. My frustration was something I could control if I chose to consider the bigger picture. Not to mention I didn’t want to proclaim the Gospel of Christ bitterly.
The other critical feature of this letter is what you will not find -criticism. Paul briefly hints at a disagreement in chapter four between Euodia and Syntyche (Philippians 4:2-3). However, the overall purpose of the Philippian epistle is gratitude, love, humility, prayer, and encouragement. These are the ways we can practice thinking and serving.
Imagine the impact we would have if we focused on the power to love others with a sound mind? Wouldn’t it be incredible if everyone lived as a unique expression of Jesus, looking for ways to honor, obey, and serve with humble love?! Oh, the glory God would receive!!!
How does Philippians 1:1-25 help us mentally shift?
- Greet others with peace and love. (Philippians 1:1-2)
- Express gratitude with proper motivation. (Philippians 1:3-8)
- Encourage others with the confident hope of Christ working in their lives.(Philippians 1:9-11)
- Keep complaints to a minimum and wisely focus on the greater goal. (Philippians 1:12-18)
- Live for Christ as an expression of His humility. (Philippians 1:19-26)
Lord, I want to live as your expression; you give me strength and are my refuge. Sovereign Lord, in you I am confident, and I will declare your splendor all day long. Please fill me with praise that I may honor my time here doing your will. Amen
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Torrie is a media ministry consultant who works with churches and faith driven organizations to build their ministry team. She is the Blueprint Specialist uncovering root problems to construct solutions. Want to hear more? Tune in and listen to A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional a podcast by Our Given Purpose and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name.