Eager Anticipation

Today’s passage demonstrates two very clear aspects of Paul’s personality. First, he has great compassion for people. He loves them the way Jesus Christ loves them. Second, he has a clear understanding of hope found only in his Savior, Jesus.

As Paul concludes the third chapter of his letter to the Philippians, he expresses his deep concern through tears as he struggles with the poor choices of humanity. Our world, and certainly our country, is struggling with these same poor choices. There are so many who hate Jesus and his work of redemption on the cross. Rather, they focus on their own desires and plans to no avail. Even those things that bring them pride only produce shame.

“For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Thei