Is There Anything Negative in the Letter Paul Wrote to the Philippians?
Dear Digger Doug,
Is there anything negative in the letter Paul wrote to the Philippians?
When Paul wrote to the culturally-diverse Philippian church, he showed his great love for them. Paul thought of them often, was concerned about their spiritual condition, and prayed for them regularly. The theme of Paul’s letter is the joy of serving Jesus and pressing toward the goal. In Paul’s letter, there is one instance where he helps solve a disagreement between two Christian women (Philippians 4:2-3). This struggle was affecting the whole church, and, without taking sides, Paul encouraged them to be reconciled.
Even though Paul was in prison while writing this letter, he showed his gratitude to the Philippians and his joy in God. Paul took every possible opportunity given to him to spread his delight concerning Christ. Paul’s purpose for writing this letter was to encourage and boost confidence among the christians. Paul wrote: “Because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:8). Other than the one disagreement Paul helped to resolve, the letter to the church at Philippi was very positive. It was a great church.