Bible Chapter: Philippians 4

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The Danger of Idealizing Christian Community

Dietrich Bonhoeffer once observed that idealism about church can actually hurt real churches. When we value our ideal of Christian community more than Christian community itself, we can miss the gift God wants to give to us. The New Testament reveals many times how hard it can be to get along with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Yet, God intends for us to live the Christian life in a genuine, committed relationship with others. Often this takes work!

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Gentleness, Thanksgiving, and Rejoicing

Jesus modeled gentleness to his disciples.

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Gentleness and Anxiety

While our anxieties can make it more difficult to be gentle, God promises gentleness as the fruit of his Spirit.

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