Next week I will begin an adventure through one of my favorites books in the Bible, Philippians! It’s a book Paul wrote, not because of issues or concerns or conflicts, but rather because of Paul’s affection and appreciation for the believers at Philippi.
The Church at Philippi had supported him financially more than any other church. Paul’s joy when he thought of them is expressed and clearly seen over and over in this letter to them. And he wanted them to share in that pure joy as well.
Paul took the Philippian believers straight to Jesus as the example for how they too could have profound joy in any circumstance.
Many of my all-time favorite verses–and oft-quoted passages–come from this wonderfully encouraging letter. Below are a few I’ve memorized and been helped by time and time again over the years. What verses from Philippians are your favorites?
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (4:13).
“I thank God upon every remembrance of you” (1:3).
“He who began a good work in you will continue to perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (1:6).
“But my God shall supply all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (4:19).”
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (2:3-4).
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross” (2:5-8).
“Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name above all names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (v. 9-11).
“I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to Him in His death” (3:10).
“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus” (3:13-14).
“All of us who are mature should embrace this point of view. And if you think differently about some issue, God will reveal this to you as well” (3:15).
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (4:4).
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (4:6-7)
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things” (4:8).