Though the Philippian Christians seemed untroubled in a casual reading of Pauls letter, evidences in the letter suggest they had interpersonal relationship problems as Christians.
In the context of internal rivalry, consider Pauls admonition concerning proper conduct:
Paul based the example of appropriate Christian conduct on Jesus example in yielding to God, coming to earth, and living a life of surrender as a creature he helped bring into existence (2:5-8). He (as should we) let God magnify him (2:9-11), which God did.
One of the more difficult challenges every Christian confronts: determining appropriate behavior when a fellow Christian does not share our values, come to our conclusions, or behave like we want him or her to behave. Those moments make Pauls injunction to contending Christians in Romans 14:10-12 extremely difficult to understand and follow. It is hard to leave such matters in Gods hands!
We understand that we practice good manners in physical matters to preserve civilized behavior. Good manners are not practiced because such are deserved. When people fail to practice good manners, civil behavior unravels. More is threatened than the moment!
Religiously, Christians practice holy manners to preserve Jesus Christs influence in the Christian community. Failure to do so threatens our spiritual family. Always, more is threatened than the moment! Gods influences advance with godly manners! Gods influence suffers when Christians use ungodly manners in His family.
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