By Rev. Brian Wilkie
Pastor of St. Andrew's Christian Community
God give us much encouragement through Jesus Christ and He encourages us to share that encouragement with others. And this is precisely what Paul writes about in the book of Philippians, chapter 1 verses 27 to 2:4;
This is an important theme for Paul. A very practical one for him and important enough that he considers it worthy of communicating with the Philippians as he himself faces trial.
God encourages them to remember over and over again and that must mean God knows that it’s difficult sometimes to keep in our mind the thing that are of first importance. And of first importance is God’s grace towards you. So sometimes when I’m praying, I tell God I’m not that good at remembering all of your goodness. I’m pretty good at complaining Lord, but I really need your help to remember all the good things that you’ve done. And when I do, I remember:
I remember the times when I’ve been down and thought I wasn’t going to make it through, and God held me and carried me. You probably had times like that in life too.