Philippians 4: Biblical Attitudes and Actions

At the end of Philippians 3, Paul encourages the Philippians by reminding them of their future hope: the glorification of their bodies in the pattern of Jesus Christ. As believers, we are citizens of heaven, and we eagerly await the Savior, knowing that He will bring to completion everything he’s started (Philippians 1:6). Based on the hope of God’s promise, Paul further exhorts the Philippians to nurture and maintain biblical attitudes and actions no matter the circumstances.

Excellence and Prayer

Paul’s deep love and affection for the believers at Philippi is evident in this letter, as he refers to them as his joy and crown (4:1). Therefore, he exhorts them to stand firm in the Lord. They should be a people of peace and joy, of one mind as they await the Savior. If they have disputes, they should resolve them (4:2–3). Instead of being anxious, they should, with joy and thanksgiving, present their requests to God, knowing that He hears them (4:6–7). 

Finally, Paul exhorts the Philippians to fill their minds with excellent things, things that are good, lovely, true, and worthy of praise (4:8). He reminds them that God provides what they need through Jesus and that contentment is found in Him, no matter the circumstances of life.

Our Response

Paul exhorts the Philippians to maintain and nurture biblical attitudes and actions in light of God’s provision and promise. These exhortations apply equally to us. Let us not be prone to disputes, but let us build each other up and be of one mind in Christ. Instead of being anxious about the uncertainty of tomorrow, let us cling to the certainty of God’s promises, entrusting our worries and cares to Him.  We can be content in Christ because in Him we have what we truly need.

This teaching is based on Ken Boa’s Handbook to Scripture

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