The Philippians church had many different kinds of people in its congregation who were learning to work together. Apostle Paul recognised that problems could occur between believers, but had learned the true secret of having love, peace and joy. Imitating Jesus Christ and serving others was how believers should focus their minds.
In a life dedicated to serving God, Apostle Paul had faced excruciating, poverty, pain, hunger, wealth, imprisonment and everything else. Whatever the circumstances, Paul had learned to be content, finding real joy as he focused all of his attention and energy on knowing Jesus Christ and obeying God.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1 v 6).
Paul challenged Christians to be motivated to learn unity, humility, joy and peace. Believers are made perfect because of our eternal union with the perfect God. All phrases of an individual’s perfection are grounded in faith in Jesus Christ and what he has done, not what we can do for him. We cannot perfect ourselves, only God can work in and through us.
Believers can live confidently for God, because the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is upon us.