Philippians

Christian Virtues

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

Seven is a holy number in the Bible. The prophet Isaiah refers to the seven gifts of the Spirit (Isaiah 11:2-3). Wisdom is said to have seven pillars (Proverbs 9:1). The writer of Proverbs lists seven sins that the Lord detests (Proverbs 6:16-19). These references may have been the basis for the medieval church's distinction between the seven vices and seven virtues. 

God Will Finish His Work

Philippians 1:6 "I always pray... confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

In six days God completed His creation. On the seventh day He rested, for "the heavens and the earth were completed." In Christians God has begun another work -- that of creating them anew in Christ. Will He finish also this work? 

Prescription for Worries

Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything ... present your requests to God. And the peace of God ... will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

What the apostle is doing here in effect is writing a prescription for one of our commonest ailments: worry. It's a remedy God recommends in Scripture in dozens of places. It's really effective, but so often we just don't use it -- we don't even try.