Churches, like any other people-packed organisation, are liable to encounter disunity, party spirit, anger, slander and lies.
This simple instruction is a direct command. Seeing God's goodness and celebrating with joy is not a Christian option, nor is it to be reserved for special occasions.
In many cultures, and especially in the world of business, gentleness is seen as weakness.
Anxiety is very disabling: it is never a good thing. Paul commands his readers that it should be expelled from their lives. "Easier said than done", I hear someone say; and you are right ...
Peace is not just a comfortable feeling: it is the absence of war. Paul talks about peace with God as a legal statement (see Rom 5:1).
Following Jesus should change the way we think, although not automatically, because thinking involves choices. Choose to think about bad things and you will become shaped by evil desires.
Following Jesus is an active business. He is not interested in us collecting spiritual ideas or even Bible verses, if we have no intention of doing anything about them.
This verse gives us a direct view into Paul's biblically balanced heart.
Most people would like to be happy, carefree and self-confident: but the Apostle Paul described himself as 'content'.
Paul's missionary life was full of impossible challenges, but met by supernatural strength and wisdom.
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