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Philippians 1:3-4 ” I thank my God everytime I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy. “

Paul made it a habit of practicing gratefulness.  In not only this letter to the Philippians but in his letter to the Romans he showed his appreciation and encouragement.  In Romans 1:8 he writes, “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you…”  Why did he do this?  Well, in Philippians 1:7 Paul goes on to add, “It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart.”  Paul not only practiced a grateful heart, but he went on to affirm the good in people.   For when we show appreciation, say thank you, and speak positive words into someone…they are built up, edified, and given new self-worth.

I Corinthians 4:4 ” My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.”

Paul is admitting here that even the lack of self-awareness of any negligence on his part doesn’t prove his faithfulness and obedience to God…for only God can judge.  As Believers we are all held accountable to…responsible for…and entrusted with the Gospel Message.  To paraphrase II Corinthians 10:18,  We can’t just hear the Word to be in right standing with God…we must obey it.  And in the end, we will all stand before the Judgment Seat of our Lord.

I Corinthians 1:10 ” I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.”

Even the early Church had problems with Church division, and here Paul was pleading with them to unite rather than split into factions.  For if you think about it, if the  local Church can’t come together and become one voice…how do we expect the world to follow suit?  When Jesus called those first disciples, He told them to “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mark 1:17)  And if you look at the other meaning for the Greek word for “perfectly united”…  it means to mend or repair broken nets.  Now anyone knows you can’t catch fish with torn nets…so how can the Church expect to follow Jesus and be fishers of men when their nets are shredded with division and strife?   We as a body of Believers need to become perfectly united together, and mend our nets.

Romans 12:10 ” Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

Later in the Bible, the Apostle Paul admonished the Church in Philippi to, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3)  This has to be one of the toughest things to do given mankind’s self-centered, egotistic nature.   Instead of seeking out our own 15 minutes of fame, we need to be trying to outdo one another in showing honor.  Rather than demanding respect, we need to be recognizing others and praising them for important work they’re doing.  Vanity looks for fame and glory, while humility moves “self”  off the throne as we esteem others.

Romans 12:19 ” Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.

The Apostle Paul is quoting Deuteronomy 32:35 urging others not to seek justice themselves out of anger or spite.  For Proverbs 20:22 tells us, “Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’  Wait for the Lord, and He will deliver you.”   But when we’re angry and frustrated, and think no one has our back…we tend to react badly.  It’s at that point that we need to take a deep breath and remember that the Lord tells us that He will defend us. (Jeremiah 51:36)

Acts 26:18 ” I am sending you to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.”

In this verse the Apostle Paul, (then called Saul) was describing his conversion on the road to Damascus.  The Lord’s commission to Paul then was simple…Go, uncover the truth, and open blinded eyes.  The Lord commissioned him as a servant, (a bringer of light and confirmation) and a witness, (a minister of the Word of Christ) to both Jew and Gentile.  But if we think about it, as Believers, this commission applies to us also.  We are all called to tell others about the Good News of Jesus.  The easiest way to do that is to share your testimony…your personal story of how Jesus came into your life and how now your life has been changed forever by Him.

I Corinthians 9:22 “…I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.”

Here the Apostle Paul was showing that he sought to find common ground with whoever he met…whether Jew, Christian, slave, master, weak, or strong in the faith…in order  to preach the Gospel to all.  Unfortunately as a people, we generally  look for petty differences and disagreements than seek out things that we share.  But if we would take the time to think about it, we have much more in common with each other than we can disagree about.  Finding common ground with one another can also be easier if we ask ourselves this question first…In the eternal scheme of things, does this matter?  Sure, there’s some non-negotiables…but really, the vast majority of stuff we fight about makes no difference at all.