Philippians 4:1-9 (ESV)
1 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
2 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
- What can I learn about the dynamics of the church from the fact that Apostle Paul had to plead with Euodia and Syntyche, who contended with Apostle Paul for the gospel, to agree with each other?
- What is the relationship between “being anxious” and “prayer”? Why is it important to present our requests to God with thanksgiving?
- What are the things that fill my thoughts? What are the things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent or worthy of praise that can replace my current thoughts?
- In this passage, Apostle Paul shows different ways to experience the peace of God. What are things that I am anxious about? What concrete things can I do to experience “peace that surpasses all understanding”?