So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks threw him to God the Father.
My father’s selection within the beautiful letter, Philippians, is rich in insights into his theology and his love and concern for the gospel. Like Paul, he reveals his human sensitivity and tenderness, his enthusiasm for Christ as the key to life and death, and his deep feeling for those in Christ. With them he shares his hopes and convictions, his anxieties and fears, revealing the total confidence in Christ that constitutes faith.
The Bible introduction to this Book explains that the letter incorporates a hymn about the salvation that God has brought about through Christ, applied by Paul to the relations of Christians with one another. Philippians is termed “the letter of joy”. It is the rejoicing of faith, based on true understanding of Christ’s unique role in the salvation of all who profess his Lordship.
The rejoicing quote, 4:4-9, that my father selected for his own funeral, brings me peace as does my new understanding of Philippians. I have always said, “I have no grandeurs of travel but Greece might be nice some day.” Perhaps I will go to Northeastern Greece and visit Philippi. The start providing a greeting of grace and peace from God. The departure, 4:23, bidding, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.” What a wonderful trip that would be, a European passage allowing us to see Dad’s love and concern for the Bible.
Accept God’s process, so the end result can be peace.
6/14/30 – 12/19/19
Looking forward to shining
– Photo challenge
We fit together
Not in the puzzle way
More like nooks and crannies
Nothing tops us.
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
– 2 Corinthians 13:11
The truth will set you free.
Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit
which is in you
which ye have from God
and that ye are not your own?
For ye are bought with a price.
Therefore glorify God in your body
and in your spirit
which are God’s.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
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