ES/PHIL/26 Philippians 4:2–7 Pt1
If in one hundred years’ time, your name was to be discovered mentioned in an old document, what one thing would you like the finder to learn about you? Would you like it to be recorded that you were a very kind and loving person, or that you were a mature Christian, or that you were good at making people feel at ease?
Two ladies from the church at Philippi have gone down in history, and the thing they are remembered for is that they had fallen out with each other.
To live above
With the saints we love;
Oh, that will be glory!
But to live below
With the saints we know;
Now that’s a different story!
Dissension rarely goes away without help, and the longer the people of the church refuse to get involved, the more dangerous the conflict becomes. This kind of situation, though it might seem innocuous, causes more church splits than any other.
The story is told that during the American Civil War, when the rival armies were encamped on the opposite banks of the Potomac River, the Union’s band played one of its patriotic tunes, and the Confederate musicians quickly struck up a melody dear to any Southerner’s heart. Then one of the bands started to play “Home, Sweet Home.” The musical competition ceased, and the musicians from the other army joined in. Soon voices from both sides of the river could be heard singing, “There is no place like home.”
In a similar way, the church, in spite of its many divisions, is bound together by that one strong link—we are all going home, and to the same home. We have a common destiny