Sweet friends, I am so excited to begin this study with you! As women and mothers, we encounter unique challenges in our daily life. My prayer is that this study will be a blessing to you as you walk with our Savior.
My plan is to begin in Philippians. I pray this book speaks to your heart and fills it with joy, which is a central theme. My hope is to post a new study bi-weekly or monthly. We will go through as many verses as we can at a time, yet I do not want this to become overwhelming! Please grab your Bible and let’s dig in!
The optional memory passsage from our text is Philippians 1:9-10. If you do not memorize this verse, no worries! Feel free to just meditate on it for a moment while we are studying. I will be using the NKJV, but please feel free to use any version you would like!
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ…
A bit of background…Paul wrote this book to the Church at Philippi to thank them for a gift. Paul also wanted to share the truth that joy comes from Jesus alone.
1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; 7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. 8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Verse one begins with Paul stating the letter is from Paul and Timothy, bondservants (or slaves) of Christ, in a greeting. The wording bondservants of Christ is important. Paul is humbly stating his needs are secondary to anything that Jesus might ask of him. Ladies, we need to have this mindset as well! Are we truly bondservants of Christ? Verse one ends with Paul stating that he is writing to God’s church in Philippi. In verse two Paul wishes grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ to the readers. Grace and peace can only come from God alone. If we look for peace in our circumstances, such as vacations or financial status, we will come up empty.
In verses three and four, Paul thanks God for every remembrance of the Philippians. He is always in prayer for them in joy. This is the first of many times that joy is used in this letter. When we pray, do we remember to thank God for His blessings? Do we exude a joy in this thankfulness? When others remember us in their prayers, does our remembrance make them joyful? Let’s strive to be a bright light in the lives of others.
In verse five, Paul says the Philippians were partners in spreading the Gospel. We can be partners in this as well, either practically or financially. As mothers, we can bring the gospel to our children and the community around us through outreach opportunities. In verse six, Paul states he is confident that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Ladies, this applies to us today as well! Praise God that we can be confident that if God has begun a good work in us, He will complete it. Let’s keep this promise close to our hearts when we feel defeated in our daily mothering tasks. We all have those days, don’t we?
In verse seven, Paul is most likely speaking of his Philippi imprisonment. While there, he longed to see his brothers and sisters in Christ. If we are Christians, we are members of God’s family! Ladies, let’s keep that in mind daily. We should strive to show love to our fellow sisters in Christ, and avoid foolish arguments. Verse eight, reiterates this.
In verse nine, Paul states that he prays that the Philippians love should abound more and more. The end result of this love will be a greater understanding of Christ and moral discernment. Christ is love, so when we love our husbands, children, and others around us, we are exhibiting Christ-likeness. The more that we love, the more that we will be able to discern right from wrong. Our hearts and our minds will become in one accord. In verse ten, Paul says that this abounding love will lead us to approve things that are excellent. How cool is that? We will be able to discern what we should allow into our homes, and other big decisions regarding our children if we remain in and show Christ’s love to others. Finally, in verse eleven, we are shown that this love will fill us with fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ. I pray that in my home, my husband and children see this fruit in me. We cannot begin this work within ourselves…it all begins and remains in Christ!
Please chime in…if any of this text spoke to you, please share in the comments!