Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:5-6. (NIV)
Paul teaches us that our communication matters, how we relate to each other on the most basic level counts. We should season our words with salt because our words matter.
Epaphras was a prayer warrior fighting for the people of God on his knees.
Paul urges the Christians to set their hearts not on earthly matters but on things above."
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27 (NIV)
When we are made of the right stuff we are able to stand.
I plead with Euodia and I plea with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel,
(Philippians 4:2-3a) NIV
Paul tries to end a disagreement in the church between Euodia and Syntyche..
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, Philippians 3:20
Christians live in this world but their true citizenship is in heaven.
Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard[c] and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear. Philippians 1:12=14 (NIV)
Paul was a witness in chains but a witness for Christ nevertheless.
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; Philippians 1:3-6
Paul had a special relationship with the church at Philippi based on mutual love for each other, love for the gospel and mutual respect.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
In the face of coronavirus and anything else be brave.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:13