Our Mind - Part 4
A PEACEFUL MINDSET Page
A Peaceful Mindset
V. 4 ** As the apostle begins to wrap up his letter to the Philippian
church, what heart response is he calling for as believers learn more
about their relationship to God through Jesus Christ?
The response of rejoicing!
** How often should the believer be involved in this?
"...always..." Even during difficult times, we should be
about the business or heart attitude of rejoicing.
** How determined is Paul for them to get the message?
He immediately repeats himself, "...again I say rejoice..."
V. 5 ** By Paul's next exhortation, how do we know that the rejoicing
he is calling for is while suffering in
Because he is calling for our "forbearing spirit" to be put
on display before all men. The word translated "forbearing"
is epieikes and means; seemly, equitable or yielding. While it is translated
as forbearing only here, in is translated as gentle in four other passages.
(cf. 1Timothy 3:2-3, Titus 3:1-2, James 3:17 and 1Peter 2:18)
** What reason does Paul give for Christians to rejoice and to have this
"gentle" spirit about them?
"The Lord is near!" In the context of his letter to the Philippians,
the return of Jesus Christ is imminent! Either at the rapture of the
church or the home going of each individual Christian, the Lord is very
close and we are to rejoice always and be gentle to all, in the light
of that marvelous truth, without regard for the circumstances in which
we find ourselves.
(cf. Philippians 3:20-21)
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