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Prayer and the Peace of God (13 of 15)
The Book of Philippians: A Verse By Verse Study
INTRODUCTION: This evening I want to give you three points to our outline:
I. The Importance of Behavior
II. The Absence of Anxiety
III. The Promise of Peace
I. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEHAVIOR (VS. 5)
Notice (vs.5a), "Let your moderation be known unto all men." The Greek word for "moderation" in this particular verse means "seemly, or fitting." It has to do with what is appropriate--doing the right thing. In other places the word means "gentleness, forbearance or reasonableness." But here, it has more to do with behavior. Paul gives us two reasons for moderation or proper behavior:
Men are watching: "Let you moderation be known unto all men (vs. 5a)
Before we pray and before we can expect to have the peace of God in our lives; we must make certain that we have our behavior in check. Men are watching us.
Paul had just addressed a problem of disunity between two women in the church--Euodias and Syntyche (vs. 2). Apparently these women had a quarrel or some kind of disagreement which caused them not to be of the "same mind."
Listen; there is nothing that can do more damage to a church, a reputation or to a relationship than disunity. And let me again add; men are watching our behavior.
QUOTE: Someone once said, "People may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do. --The Bible Friend
Jesus is coming: "The Lord is at hand" (vs. 5b). 1 John 2:28, "And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming."
Paul is saying that we ought to be living for Jesus is light of His soon return. In 1 Thes. 3:13, he wrote, "To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints."
We all know that Jesus is co ...
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