Whatever 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. Philippians 4:9
Listen: Philippians 4
Most of us might think twice before inviting others to imitate our actions. In today’s passage, Paul invites an entire church to copy him! The good news of Jesus had so thoroughly transformed Paul’s behavior that he could confidently invite the Philippians to do what he does. This does not mean Paul was perfect. But it does show that he was very interested in reflecting the heart of Christ.
Paul invites the Philippians to live a gospel-centered life. He is attempting to coach them toward behaving like Jesus in the face of worry and anxiety. Paul knew that the Philippians could cultivate character by focusing on the hopeful message of Jesus Christ.
The things we listen to, read and the people we spend our time with matters. A steady diet of angry talk radio, fear-riddled news and the competitive nature of social media is not a friend to eliminating worry and anxiety. Godly character worth following is forged in daily habits of reading God’s Word, prayer, community and dependence on the Holy Spirit. This is how we learn God’s heart and develop his character in us.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Continue our Seven-Day challenge to cut off any media source that is dragging you away from cultivating the character of Christ. Also, think about the people you know that maintain joy during the difficulties of life. Write down the ways you might imitate them. Give thanks for them and invite God to help you adopt similar habits that lead to joy and peace.
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