September 26, 2022

Philippians 4:1-4 (HCSB)
Practical Counsel  
So then, my brothers, you are dearly loved and longed for—my joy and crown. In this manner stand firm in the Lord, dear friends. 2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 Yes, I also ask you, true partner, to help these women who have contended for the gospel at my side, along with Clement and the rest of my coworkers whose names are in the book of life. 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Marliss O'Neal 
In these verses Paul begins by encouraging the church to stand firm in the Lord. He addresses a conflict between Euodia and Syntyche and encourages them to agree. He also encourages the church to come together to help them as well.  We all know how easy it is to get caught up in our individual and selfish desires and opinions. This often can cause stress in relationships. At Temple we are currently experiencing lots of exciting change and growth. It is important that we stay focused on serving God and serving others.   In verse 4, Paul continues his encouragement by reminding us to rejoice in the Lord always. When you sit back and really look at all the blessings that the Lord has provided to our church, there is so much to rejoice over! We should strive each day to stand firm in the Lord, stay focused and rejoice!

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