“Most Important Words”

This Weeks Meditation:  “Most Important Words”
Read: Philippians 1:1-11

Encouragement and Humility are two of the greatest virtues in life.  Not only do they lift other people up but they lift our spirits as well.  In the book of Philippians Paul shares these virtues in many ways.  If you have time try to read the whole book of Philippians to appreciate the full scope of joy, encouragement, and thanksgiving that Paul writes about.

I ran across an email this week that said:
The six most important words are…
“I admit that I was wrong!”
The five most important words are…
“You did a great job.”
The four most important words are…
“What do you think?”
The three most important words are…
“May I help?”
The two most important words are…
“Thank You!”
The most important word is…
“We.”
The least important word is…
“I”

In verse 6 Paul says, “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  So often we get caught up in the needs that we have as individuals and forget about the needs of those whom God places in our path each day.

Paul encourages us here that we are called to bring about good things in life and speak positive words of encouragement to each other.  That “good work” is only possible when we place ourselves under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Our positive and encouraging words to each other not only flow out of our relationship with Jesus but they also can lead others to him.

Paul says, “The fruit of righteousness” comes through Jesus Christ.  Let’s remember those important words this week and put the focus on others instead of ourselves.  After all, that is what Jesus always did.

Make it personal:  Take your most difficult relationship this week and use this text and these most important words to approach it in a different way.  By blessing others in Christ we can often turn the bad into good.

Blessings in your week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church