Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Philippians 1:3-11 NLT
[1] Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. [4] Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, [5] for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. [6] And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. [7] So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News. [8] God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus. [9] I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. [10] For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. [11] May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ— for this will bring much glory and praise to God.

Reflection . . .

The Apostle Paul is thankful for God’s people who have helped him in ministry and he prays for them regularly. Verse 6 encourages us to continue depending on the Lord because He is doing a good work within us and will accomplish that work to completion until the day when Christ returns.

What is the Lord “working on” in you?

Be encouraged! He will continue to do a good work in you! Verse 9 Paul gives us the purpose of God’s good work in us: that our love will overflow more and more and that we will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. What Christ produces in us brings great praise and glory to God!

Christ is working in you through the power of the Holy Spirit:

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives

Galatians 5:22-25 NLT