Comfort, Encourage, Challenge (Philippians 1-2)

I love how at the end of a long day, Philippians is able to comfort, encourage, and challenge at the same time. I should read it more often.

Comfort:

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” – 1:7

I need to be reminded just as much as the next person that I’m a work in progress, and that God is continuing to work in me (well, he also STARTED a good work, which is encouragement as it is), and that it will continue to be worked through to the day of Jesus Christ. After today, while I feel a little rough around the edges, it’s ok. I am not complete yet.

Encourage:

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – 2:5-11

Today, as I mentioned the rough edges, it is always encouraging to hear the gospel. That Christ humbled himself to be obedient to even death on a cross – and that obedience has given me life! It just fills me with awe that Christ could take the form of servant, something I struggle with doing daily, and die for me … and then to remember that he is now exalted above all! What a glorious reminder!

Challenge:

“Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you amy be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.” 2:14-16

To be honest, I grumble and complain a lot. It’s something I’ve noticed, but never really been super convicted about. But if I am going to be a light to the world, I’m not supposed to. I want to be blameless and innocent, even though that concept sometimes seems too far away to reach with everything I’ve done in my life. But we remember forgiveness

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