Purifying Praise

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation (Philippians 2:14-15Open Link in New Window).

I like Philippians. It’s such a happy and uplifting book. Even though Paul was in prison while he wrote it, he was full of faith. The Philippians had sent him a financial gift. Paul rejoiced greatly that they had shown their concern for him. Yet he took the opportunity to instruct the Philippians on this point, that he had learned how to be content in every circumstance because he had faith in God Who gives him the strength to do everything. He had learned not to put any confidence in the flesh, not to rely on worldly strengths or riches. Instead Paul yearned to know Christ and to share in His sufferings. He had taken on the humility of Christ. As a practical outpouring of this faith, Paul teaches that we should rejoice always in the Lord. We should put our faith in God rather than be anxious. With thanksgiving, we should put our hearts at rest, set our minds on things above and present our requests to God. Then the peace of God will be with us. If we do this, by faith living without complaining or arguing, then Paul said that we will become blameless. There is a purifying effect to our souls when we choose to place our faith in the Lord rather than to worry about our circumstances. We show ourselves to be children of God when we choose rejoice and give thanks instead of arguing and complaining.

Lord Jesus, help me to be humble as You were humble here on earth. Let me trust in You through every circumstance like Paul did even when he was in prison. Help me to rejoice and pray with thanksgiving instead of complaining or arguing. Let me shine like a star in the universe to bring glory to Your name! 

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