Philippians 4 [Clear Word]
12. VALUES-CHARACTER DISCERNMENT
1 I want you to know how dear you are to me and how much I care about you and miss you. You are my joy and crown. I'm urging you, my dear friends, to continue to stand for the Lord. 2 Euodia and Syntyche, I beg you both to try to agree and get along as sisters in the Lord. 3 And I ask you, Syzygus, my trusty yokefellow, to help these women get together, because both of them worked hard when they were with me. They helped me spread the gospel just as Clement and my other fellow workers did. There is no doubt in my mind that their names are written in God's Book of Life. 4 Always rejoice in the Lord. And again I say, Rejoice! 5 Let your compassion and love for everyone be evident wherever you go. Remember that the Lord is always near at hand and one day He will come again. 6 Don't worry so much about everything. When you pray, ask God for what you need. Don't be afraid to plead with Him, but always do so with a grateful heart. 7 God's peace which is beyond human comprehension will guard your hearts and keep your minds on Jesus Christ. 8 Finally, my brothers, fill your minds with things that are true, honest and just. Think about things that are noble, pure and lovely. Focus on good reports about others. If any good has happened or there's any reason to praise man or God, think about those things. 9 Put into practice what I've taught you and what you've learned from watching me, and the God of peace will always be with you. 10 I rejoice in my union with the Lord, but your renewed love and care for me has added to my joy. I'm not saying that you didn't care for me before, but you never had the opportunity to show it as much as now. 11 I'm not complaining, because over the years I've learned to be content in whatever situation I find myself. 12 I know from experience what it's like to be in extreme need and also what it's like to have more than I need. I've learned the secret of being content wherever I am, whether I'm hungry or well fed, whether I have little or much. 13 I can face any situation with Christ who gives me strength. 14 But I'm human and I still appreciate what you've done for me in my troubles. 15 You Philippians know that after I left Macedonia in the early days of my ministry, not one church stayed in touch with me to see how I was doing except you. 16 More than once while I was working in Thessalonica, you sent me the help I needed. 17 I'm not saying this because I want you to give me more gifts, but I do want your generosity to grow and develop, and I want to see even more of the fruit of the Spirit credited to your account. 18 By the way, I did receive everything you sent me through Epaphroditus, and it is more than I need. I have enough. Thank you. Your generous gifts were like sweet perfume--a fragrant offering, pleasing to God. These are the kinds of gifts that God appreciates, because they come from loving hearts. 19 My God will supply all your needs from His glorious riches which, because of Jesus Christ, now belong to you. 20 To God, our heavenly Father, be glory and honor for ever and ever. Amen. 21 Greet everyone who belongs to Jesus Christ. The brothers who are here helping me send their greetings. 22 All God's people in Rome send their greetings, especially those who live and work in Caesar's palace. 23 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.