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DEVOTION TO GOD

August 22, 2014

Friday

 

Philippians 4:8-9

 

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things .Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

 

LESSON

 

Paul gave his readers five brief, positive exhortations in this section, all of which are vitally important for individual and corporate Christian living. Submitting to these exhortations results in the maintenance of peace in the body, so that the saints can work together effectively as partners in the gospel, even in the midst of opposing unbelievers.

Paul seems to be drawing upon the cultural background of the Philippians and is saying to them: If there is such a thing as moral excellence, and you believe there is. If there is a kind of behavior that elicits universal approval, and you believe there is,’ then continue to strive for this goodness and to attain to this level of behavior that will command the praise of men and of God.

 

Memory Verse: Romans 12:1

 

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