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Philippians, Chapter Four, Lesson One

LIVING IN HARMONY           Page 3
V. 1 (cont'd.)

** Back to Paul's command in verse one of our text, does he just blast away at the Philippians without any regard for their mutual relationship?

No - not at all! Paul brackets this command with the term "my beloved". He wants them to remember how much he cares for them and to respond in obedience to the loving exhortation that their relationship allowed.

** What further steps, still here in verse one, does Paul take to insure that the Philippians know they are loved?

1) "...whom I long to see..."
2) "...my joy and my crown..." cf. 1Thessalonians 2:19-20

V. 2 ** As we move now into the next verse, we will meet two ladies who are following some of the bad examples that were exhibited by those who were called "the enemies of the cross of Christ". Look closely at verse two and tell me what was wrong. What were these two ladies lacking?

Harmony! They had become divided.

** Do we know what the issue was which led to their division?

No we do not - which makes a very important point. It does not matter what may cause division in the Body of Christ, we must overcome it if we wish to honor the Lord by "Living in Harmony".

** Do you suppose that anyone else living in Philippi might have had this problem?

Most certainly! cf. Philippians 2:1-2 Because we are still sinners, Christians are very open to the self-centered type of thinking which only leads to division within the Body.

** Before we leave verse two, where is the only place possible that can bring about true harmony between two human beings?

It can only be found "in the Lord". As our hearts are tuned to His, they will be tuned to each other as we pray together, serve together, worship together and live together "in the Lord".

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