Two females at the Philippi church were fighting.
Paul gave them positive suggestions for attitude changes.
Hymn: #478 Sweet Hour of Prayer
and #483 I
Need Thee Every Hour
Class Explorations and
Discussions: Philippians 4:1 - 9
A mouse looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife
opening a package. The mouse was devastated to discover it was a
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. "There is a
mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I
can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me.
I cannot be bothered by it."
The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the
The pig sympathized but said, "I am so very sorry Mr.. Mouse. There is
nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured that you are in my prayers."
The mouse turned to the cow. The cow said, "Wow, Mr.. Mouse. I'm sorry
for you. But it's no skin off my nose."
So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the
farmer's mousetrap alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the
house like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer's
wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness she did not see that it
was a poisonous snake whose tail the trap had caught.
The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital
and she returned home with a fever. Now everyone knows you treat a
fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the
farmyard for the soup's main ingredient.
But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with
her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.
The farmer's wife did not get well. She died, and so many people came
for her funeral the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat
for all of them.
So next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think that it
doesn't concern you, remember that when one of us is threatened, we are all
Read Philippians 4:1 - 2.
The two women were fighting about
something. Paul did not say which woman was right and which one
was wrong. He merely told them to get along.
Read Philippians 4:3 - 9. Paul
gave three ways to get over fighting:
Don't fight -- rejoice in the
Don't fight -- don't even be
worried about the problem. Instead, pray and peace will come
Don't fight -- Find the best in
others. Think about the good and positive things.
PRAYER (Pray in partners or small groups)