7 day plan

A week with the Philippians

Day 4 of 7


Philippians 4:8

8Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Reflection:  A Philippian believer: “My household in Philippi has been a tough place to live. We have all been so fearful. As soon as we hear the Romans are persecuting believers in nearby towns we all spiral down into anxiety. Sometimes we are not even sure if the stories are true.

“How can Paul say think about what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, praiseworthy? There’s so much fear and worry! But all these are attributes of God’s character, so Paul must be saying “our focus is on God, and not on all that is ‘bad’ and stressful.” That doesn’t mean all the bad things go away. We are still struggling and suffering for our faith. But we are choosing to see God at work in and through all that is difficult.”

A few thoughts for us…

  1. During the pandemic, many of us have focussed on all we have lost, on the uncertainties, on what we can’t do, and all that is ‘bad’. Paul’s words are so relevant to us at the moment. What can we choose to focus on instead of just the “bad” things?
  2. We will all feel anxiety at some point in life, and most of us have probably dealt with a lot of anxiety in the last 12 months. But what we do next is key. We can either spiral into anxiety or keep reminding ourselves who God is, what he has already done for us, and what he is still doing for us now. We should remind ourselves to focus on God, and all he is.

Prayer:  Father – I praise and thank you for your truth, your nobility, your righteousness, your purity, your loveliness. You are worthy of all our praises.  Please transform my thinking – so I focus less on anxiety and more on you.  Amen.


Philippians 4:1-23

Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity

1Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

2I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Final Exhortations

4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Thanks for Their Gifts

10I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

14Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

20To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Final Greetings

21Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus.

The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings.

22All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.

23The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.