“Stand Firm In One Mind” (Philippians 4: 8, ESV) by Carley Evans

Paul calls us to be renew our minds by meditating on truth, honor, justice, purity, loveliness, commendation, excellence — “if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Paul asks us to “complete [his] joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” (Philippians 2: 2) He desires us to “stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.” (Philippians 1: 27)

He knows that we have not been made “already perfect, but” that we “press on to make it [our] own, because Christ Jesus has made [us] His own.” Paul writes, “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 12, 13 – 14)

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4: 4 – 7)

Strive in one spirit and one mind, side by side.

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