Contentment (Philippians 4:10-13)

What is the secret to contentment? Two thousand years ago, stoic philosophers referred to contentment as “self-sufficiency,” or “to be independent of external circumstances.” Contentment literally means “to be held together.” Inside each of us is a desire to hold it all together. Paul closed his letter to the church at Philippi describing the secret […]


Christ-Like Qualities (Philippians 4:8-9)

Have you noticed that we practice what we ponder? The focus of our minds affects our behavior. When we dwell on Christ, our lives are filled with peace. When we don’t, we experience chaos. Paul summarized a list of Christ-like qualities to ponder and put into practice. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, […]


Peace within Ourselves (Philippians 4:6-7)

Do you ever worry so much that your heart hurts? For worriers, Paul first prescribed peace with God. Second, he prescribed peace with others. Third, he prescribed peace within ourselves. The Apostle wrote that we should not worry about anything. Rather, we should pray about everything so that Christ would align our hearts with His, […]


Peace with Others (Philippians 4:5)

When you worry, are you harsh with those around you? For worriers, Paul first prescribed peace with God. Second, he prescribed peace with others. The Apostle instructed: “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near” (Philippians 4:5). God’s proximity to us is as close as the air that is in and around […]