Chained [Paul] might be, yet this joyful prisoner of the Lord never wrote more warmly nor more wisely than in this letter to his friends in Philippi … Yet the apostle is not blind to faults, even of loyal brethren for whom he has a special affection. Evidently there was some dissension in this lively Christian community, due to personal jealousies and animosities. Unfortunately the same can be just as true today. The gospel is still at times preached from motives of selfish ambition and rivalry. All of us are still inclined to look after our own interests only. And fine Christian workers … are still quarrelling … Be warned by this letter, be guided by it and be refreshed by it.
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