Encouragement, Comfort, Affection

I listened to a video tape of Howard Hendricks speaking to a group of people at Dallas Theological Seminary and he mentioned the memorization of Scripture being a high ideal for Christians.

http://www.dts.edu/read/howard-hendricks-prof/ was the site I read from and then listened to Professor Hendricks from an appearance in the early 2000’s on that same site. I wrote a bit about it earlier this week.

So, I decided to read Philippians 2: 1-4 every day as I washed dishes. It’s on a 3 x 5 inch index card attached to a window nearby.

I copied those verses here and added more because these are powerful and edifying Scriptures from Philippians, chapter two, verses 1-13.

I hope you’ll enjoy them and glean from them as a farmer gleans the harvest from the produce of his field. These verses are copied from the English Standard Version which I got from a free Bible source called e-Sword that I downloaded last week. It may only be available in America.

Php 2:1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,
Php 2:2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
Php 2:3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Php 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Php 2:5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
Php 2:6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
Php 2:7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
Php 2:8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Php 2:9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
Php 2:10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
Php 2:11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Php 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
Php 2:13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

 

Compelling, aren’t they? These thoughts lead to high ideals that we need God’s help to attain to. What do you think?

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