“Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.” (Philippians 3:1)
Today’s Morsel: One of the ways that military Drill Instructors train new recruits is by stating what they want them to know over and over again. They will say it three or four times to ensure that they have a clear understanding of what they are talking about. Paul told the church at Philppi, “To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.” Sometimes it is necessary to say and write the same things over and over again so that people may be able to better understand them, and so that the message you are trying to give may be more strongly fixed in the person's memory. For the church, this is important because it helps to establish the saints in truth. Paul said it’s not grievous to repeat the message, but safe for the hearer. In other words, it was necessary to warn them and to keep them from false doctrine and the evil ways of the wicked one by repeating the message over and over again. So, for him to repeat it wasn’t a burden. Therefore, in the church, we should not be upset if we hear the same messages and admonitions over and over because it is safe for us.
Sing: Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life; Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life; Words of life and beauty, teach me faith and duty. Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.
Thought For Today: Don’t kill the messenger.