Philippians 4:1
My Joy And Crown

Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

Paul had great affection for the believers at Philippi. This is an example of the attitude believers should have toward each other that affects our actions. If there is affection and warmth shown towards others, that is often reciprocated. Rejoicing and thanksgiving on my part will often produce that same response in others. Then when a concern has to be voiced, it makes it much easier to accept by those to whom it is directed.

It came unexpectedly, “Please show me how to be saved.”
Again, after a long dearth, “Would you come in for a cup of tea?”
The next day, “I got saved this morning, and I thought you would like to know.”
Another voice, “So did I.”

Sitting in the van after all others had left, “I want to be saved now.”
At a kitchen table with open Bibles and tears, “How could I have missed it so long?”
With voices gruff with emotion, grown men confess Christ.
Young ones with child-like simplicity, “Thank you, Oh thank you.”

In the grief of soul trouble and guilt, “Is there any hope for me?”
Sitting on the edge of a bed reading a verse of scripture out loud;
On the front row after a Gospel meeting, with determined voice – and tears;
God reveals Himself through the Word, and souls are saved.

In a snowbound store, reading Isaiah 53, “He was wounded for my transgressions…”
In the back room of a Gospel Hall, “He was bruised for Mary’s iniquities…”
In the wheelhouse of a boat, “The chastisement of Don’s peace was on Him…”
In the front room of a house, “By His stripes I am healed.”

At 3:00 in the morning, “What does whosoever mean? Is that really me?”
At 10:00 in the morning, “It was for me, yes all for me, O love of God so great…”
At 8:00 in the evening, “I want to be saved now. I am not leaving till I get it.”
At 9:30 at night, “O yes! God says I have everlasting life. How could I have missed it?”

After a Gospel meeting, “I am this close. I really want to be saved.”
Another voice, “I don’t care about what my friends say; I want to be saved now.”
A child comes back through the door, “I want you to know I just got saved.”
Coming through the door with smiles of joy, “God just saved me.”

One says, “Christ died for the ungodly. I am ungodly, so Christ died for me.”
Another says, “I was under God’s judgment, but Jesus took the judgment for me.”
Another, “Whosoever means me. I do believe Jesus died for me. I have eternal life.”
And again, “I confess that Jesus died in my place and I receive Him as my own Savior.”

“How do I receive Him?” – By opening the door and asking Him in.
“How can I know I have everlasting life?” – Who is speaking to you in this verse?
“What does ‘believe’ mean anyway?” – It is not what you believe, but in Whom.
“Is it really that simple?” – Ask God how much it cost Him and then ask that question.

A young child thinks, and understands, “It is not how sinful I’ve been. It’s, I’m a sinner.”
A young adult, “That’s what God says and I believe Him. Jesus is my personal Savior.”
An old man, “After all these years of sinning and God is willing to forgive me –Yes.”
An old lady, “This is the best three weeks of my life. It is like coming home.”

“O God of our salvation, and Father of all that believe on the Lord Jesus Christ: My joy is so great when I think of souls that Thou hast saved. It is all of God that such undeserving people can be delivered from the power and penalty of sin and saved for heaven. Thanks for letting me part of the process of this saving work, and rejoicing whenever souls are saved. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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