Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Philippians 3:1 To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.
Men are worse than women, at least in one area. We don’t seem to learn our lesson the first time. Things must be repeated over and over again before we finally get it. It starts when we are little, and mom has to tell us time and time again to stay out of the mud puddles. Even today, when I’m driving a car, I must make the biggest splash possible by driving fast through any puddles on the road after a rain. I also know my wife’s frustration level when she has to repeat herself to get me to listen or to finally comprehend and commit to what is being said. But that is still no guarantee that tomorrow she won’t have to tell me again.
Sometimes I get mad at her for repeating herself. But I must admit that I am really mad at myself because I still haven’t learned. Sometimes we get mad at God because we seem to keep hearing the same lesson time and time again and we wonder why we can’t move on to something else. God knows we still haven’t learned what He wants us to know.
Paul admits that he is repeating himself as he writes to the church in Philippi. The application is clear – repetition encourages remembrance. Peter does the same thing in his second letter.
2 Peter 1:12 – 15 12So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.
When those who influence our lives are no longer around to influence us, we will be glad for the repetition. We will be able to fully enjoy the lasting benefits of what they taught, and we will find that we have become repeaters of truth to others.
Here’s a quick list of the things Paul and Peter repeated (See 2 Peter 1:1-11). It would be good for all of us to repeat these things to ourselves every day.
- Rejoice! And again I say rejoice! God is always able to be praised as God, no matter what your circumstance.
- Our faith is precious. We have received salvation through faith because of the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
- Grace and peace are ours in abundance because we have a personal relationship with Jesus.
- Through His power God has given us everything we need to live godly lives in this present world.
- His promises never fail, and when we live by them we participate in the Divine nature of God and escape the corruption of the world.
- Through our knowledge of and relationship with Jesus Christ, we can grow up to full maturity, having these spiritual qualities in increasing measure:
- Brotherly kindness
- When we grow up according to that pattern, we will never fall, and we will receive a rich welcome into Christ’s eternal kingdom.
Don’t get mad at God when the Holy Spirit seems to be repeating Himself to you. Be glad that God’s love is so strong that He wants to make sure you understand the truth and grow by it. He’s doing it as a safeguard for you.