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Philippians 4:1-7 KJV
“Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
1. We should persevere in the Lord and not be distracted by those of questionable (they were discussed in the previous chapter).
2. Two (female) fellow believe were having a disagreement (Euodias and Syntyche)
3. Yokefellow = comrade, we might say “co-worker.” Paul points out that these saved people will get along forever in heaven and to encourage that cooperation to begin here on Earth.
4. Since all his coworkers are in the Lamb’s book of life, Paul assumes this issue will be resolved and therefore we should “Rejoice in the Lord alway…”
5. Moderation=graciousness, a Christian should be joyful and gracious.
6. Since the Lord is present there is no reason for concern.
7. Therefore, the peace of God, should rule our lives, and be our center and our strength.