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Philippians, Chapter Four, Lesson One

LIVING IN HARMONY           Page 5
V. 5 (cont'd.)

** You might be thinking, "Oh great - I have to be the one, but from where will I get this patience?"

It is already residing within us! cf. Galatians 5:22
"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience . . ." makrothumia lit. long suffering

** Stuck right in the middle of these four steps, Paul places a motivational reminder, what is it?

"The Lord is near" - rather than referring to the soon coming of our Lord, Paul is here referring to the close proximity of our Lord. cf. Psalm 119:151

V. 6 ** Ok - We rejoice always, we are patient with all, now what is the third step which allows us to be "Living in Harmony"?

3) "Be anxious for nothing..."

** How does anxiety cause division in the Body?

If I am preoccupied with worry over something that someone else has said or done which might cause division, I have allowed my focus to become blurred and it will limit my own effectiveness in showing love to those very same brothers or sisters.

** Still here in verse six, what is the fourth and final step?

4) Pray for one another!

** What qualifier does the middle of this verse add to our prayers?

"...with thanksgiving..."

** Given the context, for whom do you suppose we should express thankfulness?

For the very people we are having problems with!
You can imagine how quickly both Euodia and Syntyche began "Living in Harmony" as they applied Paul's instruction here and began thanking God for each other!

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