It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you (Philippians 3:1).
I almost skipped over this line, as I often skim past it when I am reading this passage. It just seems like filler, a transition to get us into the next section of the letter. Then I realized something.
This line is gold.
This line is at the very heart of wisdom.
As a teacher, I know that students need to hear something multiple times before it sinks in. They can read it, hear it from me, discuss it with a partner, watch it in a video, and still be completely clueless on tomorrow’s quiz. A standard teacher mantra is It never hurts ‘em to hear it again. In this respect, you and I are no different from the twelve-year-olds in my classroom.
We need to read it again
Hear it again
See it again
Experience it again
Pray it again
before it really sinks in.
So, as you head into your week, don’t shy away from the lessons you think you’ve already learned. That leads to pride, and we know where that road takes us. Instead, embrace the wisdom like the old friend that it is.
It never hurts us to hear it again.
Happy Friday, Beloved.