Before I started this study, I had noticed that Paul was pretty blunt. In his writings, he freely and boldly shares his faith - as well as his warnings. Philippians 3:2 is no exception. According to The Layman's Bible Commentary by Archibold Hunter, "dogs" is refering to the Judaizers - who believed circumcision and following the letter of the Law was required to be a "perfect Christian" versus having the uncomplicated faith in Christ.
I remember a conversation with my daughter when she was barely 5 years old....we were talking about counting the cost of following Jesus. She said, "Oh, that's easy, Mom! It's free - just give Him your heart!" From the mouths of babes.
Paul is saying that those who added other prerequisites to having faith in Christ were "evildoers" and "mutilators of the flesh". Strong words.
As I write these words, this song comes to mind:
LORD, thank You for this holy time tonight! I pray that I have not perverted Your message, but have simplified it that all may know
You are alive,
You are faithful,
You are trustworthy.
LORD, what ever I may lose, please just give me Jesus!
When our faith seems
help us to remember that all we need is
I met a Tuesday To Do goal and caught up with my Quilty 365!
The month of April has several black circles scattered throughout. These signify days of pain and fatigue. I believe May will be better! :)
A Fibromyalgia Update
I have started to feel better,
to experience more days with pain levels from a 1-3. The fatigue can be overwhelming.
Listen to my body - and to God's leading.
When they tell me to rest, I rest.
When they tell me to sleep, I sleep.
When they tell me to do, I do.
When they tell me to eat, I eat.
When they tell me to ask for help, I ask.
When they tell me to reschedule, I do so.
This is hard, but really helpful.