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January 4, 2015 - Life’s Legacy - Philippians 4:4-7

posted Jan 5, 2015, 6:19 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 6:03 AM ]
  • It is along the way, through so many seemingly ordinary choices, that you decide what kind of person you will be.
  • Paul is telling us to let gentleness be our life’s legacy.
  • For Paul, gentleness has nothing to do with weakness.  In fact, he would claim that only the strong can afford to be gentle.
  • To be gentle means that we are always watching for the strength of Christ to be revealed.
  • The strong believe the Lord is near, as near as their hearts, and nothing can defeat His power.  This means the gentle are actually bigger on the inside than on the outside.
  • Jesus Christ was so often in conflict but never in an argument.  He would simply state the truth and then back away from it.  He seldom used a second paragraph.  It is the second paragraph that gets us into trouble.
  • The gentle simply state the truth and then step back to allow the truth to do the convincing, believing that the truth doesn't need to be defended.  It is the truth – and that will always persevere.
  • The peace of God will guard the heart and mind of the gentle.  What this means is that if you invite Christ into your life, He brings His sentry, called Peace, who guards your heart and your mind.
Pastor Jim Spon | Philippians 4:4-7