Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.
More About Philippians 3:1-3
Written by Sarah E. Frazer (First 5 Ministries)
In Philippians 3:1, Paul says, “To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.” As we read the Bible, we will notice themes and ideas repeated over and over again. Paul tells us it is good for us to have these reminders. First of all, we are forgetful people. We often forget these important truths. Second, God repeats truths that are of immense value to us spiritually. God’s Word is living and moving. (Hebrews 4:12) Not one word is ever wasted. Every word is there for His purposes. (Isaiah 55:11)
If you find yourself thinking, I already know that …and then skimming the verses, take a step back. Maybe God is repeating a theme to you because He wants to get your attention. Stop and pray in those moments. Seek for the truth there; God may want you to see a different angle. Maybe there is sin that needs to be given up in repentance. Maybe you’ve struggled with a certain heartache and God wants to comfort you with a timeless truth.
Passages that we find repeated are there to keep us safe. Don’t overlook them. Lean into understanding them, and let God’s Spirit speak to you through prayer and meditation.
Prayer: O Lord, the one who saved me from my sins, I worship You today because You are the reason I have a heart of confidence. I don’t have to be ashamed today. I am forgiven. I am redeemed. Take away any pride that might be hidden in my heart. Get rid of false humility and let me shine for You in the confidence only You can give. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Journal Prompt: Where is your confidence today?