by Jim Perdue

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An Attitude of Gratitude (2 of 16)
Series: Philippians
Jim Perdue
Philippians 1:3-8

*Vicktor E. Frankl, a Nazi Death Camp Survivor said that ''Everything can be taken away from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms-to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances.'' No matter what may happen to us in our lives, we have power to choose to be joyful and thankful in any circumstance*.

In this passage, Paul is in a Roman prison but he continues to think of others. In spite of his imprisonment in Rome, Paul is rejoicing. In fact, the theme of this small letter is joy. It seems that Paul's joy did not depend on his situation or circumstances. He rejoiced in spite of his chains. READ TEXT

In this passage, Paul expressed his gratitude for the Philippian believers in many ways. And so the question is to us, how can we display this kind of attitude throughout our daily lives? Through the text of this Scripture, we see several ways that our gratitude is expressed. The first way we express gratitude is by …

Remembering others with appreciation: 3


As Paul continues his introduction to the letter to the Philippians, he begins by stating his appreciation them. He offers thanks for his readers in every other NT letter he wrote except Galatians.

Paul's appreciation was for his remembrance of the Philippian believers, but it was to God. He was thankful for his friends, but he was thankful to his God. You see, Paul takes a very personal tone in verse 3 by stating, ''my God.'' By doing so, he recognizes the source of all blessings-God! He realized that even his loving relationship with the Philippians was a blessing from God. Therefore, he didn't direct his appreciation primarily toward them, but toward God.

Paul is thankful ''upon every remembrance'' of them. The wording in the Greek gives the idea that the Philippians are the very reason that Paul is rejoicing. It's as if Paul is saying, ''I thank my God because I am ...

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