A Cry for Help (Philippians 4)

Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. Philippians 4:3

As we turn the page to chapter four Paul cries out for help with an issue that we have little details about.  We could do as does the news media, make up the story as we go.  But the known details are these: “Two women who served with Paul are in a relationship crisis.”  Paul encourages them to get it straight.  He also cries out to the other members of the church to help.  He then outlines how they can help.

What a Scripture for our day.  Our nation is having issues.  It seems that everyone is taking sides on the issues.  Violence and hatred have erupted throughout our land.  The recent shooting of a congressman has brought this to a clear point:  “We need help.”

Paul gives direction to the church concerning how they can help:

  1. You must be in the right frame of mind, Vs: 4.
  2. You must be in the right spirit, Vs: 5.  “Let your gentle spirit be known to all for the Lord is near.”  NASB
  3. You must be continually in prayer, Vs; 6-7.  No matter the test, trial, tragedy, temptation, and trust we have a God who has the answer to our crisis.
  4. You must focus on correct things. Vs: 8:
    1. truth-things that are reliable
    2. Noble-distinguished
    3. Right-God’s standards
    4. Pure-wholesome in nature
    5. Lovely-promotes peace
    6. Commendable-lift’s up the good
  5. You must do the right things, Vs: 9

After reading these directives I understand three things that have to happen in my life:

  • I need to turn off the TV.
  • I need to reject the will of my flesh.
  • I must resolve to love my neighbor as myself (Luke 10:25-37).

Father, may all who read this see to answer your call to help our nation in its time of crisis. 

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