Philippians 4:1-7

A devotional commentary of Philippians 4:1-7.

Devotional Commentary of Philippians 4:1-7

Philippians 4:1-7

Seeking Spiritual Stability in the Lord (Part 1) (Philippians 4:1-7)

At the swimming world championships, one man stood out, Ian Thorpe. In fact, Ian Thorpe (I believe?) cemented his name in history for winning six gold medals at a world championship. What a performance! What an athlete! And yet, Thorpe seems to have his feet firmly on the ground. Furthermore, it seems that he has not allowed all the attention to go to his head.

An interviewer asked him, “When you face the water, are you thinking of getting the record?” Thorpe quietly replied, “No, I’m thinking of doing the best I can, and that’s what everybody should do, whatever level they are at.” What a statement! You know, Thorpe could have blown his own trumpet, but instead he encouraged others to do the best they could. These types of statements have made Ian Thorpe a great ambassador for the sport of swimming.

In the same way, the apostle Paul was a great ambassador for the Christian faith. Paul’s desire was never to elevate him-self but only to encourage others to seek and know the Lord Jesus Christ in their daily lives.

In Philippians 4:1-7, Paul encouraged four attitudes that would lead to spiritual stability in the Lord.

They are:

  • Unity in the Lord (4:1-3)
  • Joyfulness in the Lord (4:4)
  • Gentleness in the Lord (4:5)
  • Prayerfulness in the Lord (4:6-7)

May God challenge each one of us in these areas today!

Devotional Commentary of Philippians

Philippians 1:1-11 | Philippians 1:12-18 | Philippians 1:19-26 | Philippians 1:27-30

Philippians 2:1-4 | Philippians 2:5-11 | Philippians 2:12-18 | Philippians 2:19-24 | Philippians 2:25-30

Philippians 3:1-3 | Philippians 3:4-11 | Philippians 3:12-16 | Philippians 3:17-21

Philippians 4:1-7 | Philippians 4:8-9 | Philippians 4:10-23

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