Paul’s Final Greetings (Day 15)

Read Philippians 4:21-23
   There were many Christians in Rome; some were even in Caesar’s palace. Perhaps Paul, while waiting trial, was making converts of the Roman civil service. Paul sent greetings from these Roman Christians to the believers in Philippi. The Gospel had spread to all strata of society, linking people who had no other bond but Christ. The Roman Christians and the Philippian Christians were brothers and sisters because of their unity in Christ. Believers today are also linked to others across cultural, economic, and social barriers. Because all believers are brothers and sisters in Christ, let us live like God’s true family.
   In many ways the Philippian church was a model congregation. It was made up of many different kinds of people who were learning to work together. But Paul recognized that problems could arise, so in his thank-you letter he prepared the Philippians for difficulties that could crop up within a body of believers. Although a prisoner in Rome, Paul had learned the true secret of joy and peace: imitating Christ and serving others. By focusing our mind on Christ, we will learn unity, humility, joy, and peace. We will also be motivated to live for Him. We can live confidently for Him because we have the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ with us.