Day Two: Growing Pains

1 John 1:6 NLTSo we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.

John writes that we are liars if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness. He says, instead, practice the truth.

What truth are we to practice?

The church in Philippi was being tested, and they do not have their act fully together. The situation in Philippi is serious, but not disastrous (unlike Corinth). But Paul’s concern for his friends is enough to send Timothy to check in with them. On the basis of what Paul says and how he speaks to this matter, three things seem fairly certain. First, what lies behind the unrest is some form of “selfish ambition” – or “posturing”. Second, complaining and arguing, if unchecked, is the stuff that leads to division. Third, unrest in the church has likely taken the form of one or some of them being open to listen to foreign matter. [Fee, Gordon. NICNT: Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, 94-95]

As we humble ourselves before the Lord, let’s worship together, “Hymn of Surrender” by Matt Redman (Click here).

Prayer: Lord, thank you for our brothers and sisters and may we practice loving our church family with the love of God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

– AW

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