Philippians Study (Part 3)

Well this is the third day of our extreme study through the book of Philippians. We will look at the next three verses (7-9) and see what we can get from them. I hope this has been beneficial for you as it has been for me thus far. With that, let’s begin.

The Text:

“It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment…”

First Observations:

Paul truly loves the people who support and pray for him.

They are partakers in Paul’s ministry and God’s grace.

Paul even feels a sense of joy when he is in prison. Without their prayers, there is most likely no way Paul would be able to keep a positive outlook in his situation.

As stated before, Paul has some great prayers. This is one of him or her I wish someone would pray for me.

Digging Deeper:

Paul is in prison and yet is not short on thanking those who have supported him in the ministry. I think oftentimes we look at our situations – when they are not at their best – and forget or don’t acknowledge the fact that there are people praying for us in our times of need.

When we give to others, we become partakers of that ministry. When we give to our churches, we are ultimately partaking in the ministry. Not everyone can go on the mission field or be involved with every ministry a church has. When you give financially and through prayer, you are essentially a part of what that individual is doing for the ministry of Christ.

Once again, Paul prays an amazing prayer that must have encouraged the church of Philippi. Paul hopes that their love will abound and that they would continue to grow in knowledge and discernment. Paul gets right to the core of the heart of the church. In order for their love to abound more and more, they will need to knowledge and discernment. As different situations arise, we too must be ready to provide a love that abounds rather than other emotions that destroy and dismantle what Christ has built.

Conclusion:

I think sometimes we feel we are doing well. In fact, we are yet always are in nee of growth in our personal and communal lives. Paul prays a prayer that the people of Philippi have probably heard often in the presence of Paul. We should be encouraged to give both financially and through prayer, as we are able. When we invest in others, we are partakers in their ministry. That is something to be excited about.

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