“for it is God who works in you…”
It is one thing for the leaders at Philippi to try to resolve the church split even with a sensitive approach (v.12). However, it is another thing to trust God to work it out. This is the subject of verse 13.
The only way this could be realized was through God who would enable them to do it (v. 13). Both divine enablement and human responsibility are involved in getting God’s work done.
“for it is God who works in you”
Believers are partners with God, laboring together with Him. The verb “works” (v. 13) means “energizes” or “provides enablement.” God makes his own both willing and desirous to do his work. This has to do with confidence in God’s work in God’s church. If we submit to God’s will, he will work in his own inimitable way. The word “works” is always used supernaturally and of effective action in the Bible. God’s work will not be frustrated. God will affect the result.
God is working according to a blue print, according to specifications. He will carry out his plan. Either he will work in us or he will work on us. Either way he will accomplish his purpose. God has taken an oath that every Christian will ultimately be just like the Lord Jesus no matter what it costs him.
We have all seen the sign on the highway “MEN AT WORK.” We can put a sign over the Christian: “GOD AT WORK.” “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” (1:6).
Principle: God will enable us to resolve conflict.
Application: Once we are born again that triggers a process that will last until we go to glory (glorified). God will ultimately resolve broken relationships. In the meantime he may have to chisel, sand, steel wool and polish us. God constantly polishes us until we have a humble attitude like the Lord Jesus. He works until we are not nearly as selfish as we were. We begin to recognize that we are hurt because we have too much pride for the size of us.