Friday, February 17, 2017

Small Bites - Philippians 4:8 - Lovely

  And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. 
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, 
and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. 
Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Philippians 4:8
Lovely.  "Prosphiles” is the Greek word used here and used only this one time in the New Testament.  It is one of those made-up words Paul likes to use for emphasis to call attention to a greater meaning (like gi-normous).  It is a compound word.

            “pros”- to the advantage of, to be nearby, towards
            “phileo” – community love, affection, fondness, kiss

What is this “lovely” then?
Think about the things which draw you toward affection for each other.  Think about things which put you near the expression of fondness for the community of Christ, which could include a physical display of affection.  In Paul's middle Eastern culture, it could include radical expression like a kiss on the cheek.  In our culture, it might include a hug or a warm handshake. This is particularly important because in western culture, people can go weeks without a touch that was a true expression of friendship. Let companionship and camaraderie be the goal. Especially in light of Jesus' call to unity (John 17), this makes complete sense.

What display of affection and inclusion 
would be appropriate in your cultural setting?

What can you do to move love towards
 Christ’s community?

That would be lovely.

1 comment:

Kirsten said...

Awesome! I'm going to be lovely and extend loveliness to someone today!