Week 6 :: Philippians 2:1-4
2:1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ,any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit,any affection and sympathy,2 complete my joy by being of the same mind,having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit,but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests,but also to the interests of others.
- Philippians 2:1-4
What a blessing it is to memorize God's Word! It is a gift, it is a true joy and once you start into this spiritual discipline, you understand why so many people who have done this as a regular habit encourage others with such a great enthusiasm to start doing it.
These four verses are just full of encouragement for the Church to see what are the motives, marks and means to strive for the unity in the church.
Studying John MacArthur's commentary has been a blessing and a great help to me; it is easier to memorize a passage when you understand the meaning of each of the key words and how they relate to all its context.
I have learned through these 6 weeks that memorizing the Word of God is not about just memorizing it... It is about letting it change you, sanctify you, cleanse you. It is about growing in our communion with the Lord.
It is in the Scriptures that we hear God speaking to us; how important it is then, that we keep it in our heart ready to speak to us, to point us to our sin and to our Saviour, our only Hope.
We want to speak with grace, with words that edify and build, but now I understand that it is not about "trying harder" to hold our tongue; it is about filling our heart with the Word that gives Life; for it is from the abundance of the heart that our mouth speak.
May His grace abound...