Learn to Rejoice in Conflict

Philippians 3:1–2

Loving others will be costly, uncomfortable, and countercultural. In this lab, John Piper shows four examples of love in the face of conflict.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 3:1–2:

  1. What is your natural reaction when you have conflict with someone you love? Someone you dislike?
  2. What does Paul command of us, even when we meet humans he labeled as “dogs” (Philippians 3:1–2)?
  3. How can you prepare now to rejoice in the Lord when fiery conflicts come upon you?

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Principles of Bible Reading

No Need to Repeat

Like a patient father, God graciously repeats foundational truths that his children ought to live by.

But for as much as God gives us reminders, he does not need to repeat himself in order to be believed. If God has said something once, and through careful study we see no reason that he has altered his sentiments (e.g. changing from the old covenant to the new), it is as binding as if he had said it a thousand times.

As we read the Bible, it is wise to confirm that our understanding is accurate by checking whether it conforms to the rest of Scripture. If the teaching is not taught or hinted at elsewhere, we should double-check to make sure we are rightly understanding the passage. But if a passage speaks clearly, it does not need to be explicitly stated elsewhere. We should receive it as the word of God.