Dying

I am memorizing the book of Philippians and Colossians in the New Testament because I am going to teach through both books this Fall. Memorizing them well and then going over and over the verses in my head all through the day really helps me understand the meaning God wants us to get from these two books. 4 verses that I memorized yesterday and have been going over since is Philippians 1:21-24

” For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.”

Paul says, “to die is gain” and “I have the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better!”

That is quite an amazing attitude to have. It would give a person a freedom from fear of dying, and a peace in the face of the worst problems life can bring on us.

I am pretty sure that by memorizing these two books and meditating on them, especially verses like those I did yesterday, that I will become like Paul. That will be something.

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