"... if you have any encouragement in Christ, if any comfort from His love…then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind."
It is the heart of Jesus that we give away to others what we have freely received from him...the same encouragement, the same love, the same tenderness, the same compassion.
Today, receive the encouragement that comes from knowing who you are in Christ.
Be encouraged by knowing you are not under law, but under grace.
"Therefore if you have any encouragement in Christ...if any affection and compassion..."
Paul describes the love of Jesus as a love of affection and compassion.
The affectionate love of Jesus is a tender love, filled with emotion from deep within his heart.
It is the love of a parent to a child.
It is the of love a parent that desires to hold a child close in the parent’s arms because the parent holds the child close in his/her heart.
It is the affection of a Father eager to love a son who is lost, who excitedly runs to his son when he returns and then embraces his son with a compassionate hug.
"Therefore, if you have any encouragement in Christ, if any COMFORT FROM HIS LOVE..."
Christ's love comforts us.
His love relaxes us, puts us at peace.
His comforting love sets us free.
It sets us free from fearing judgment.
It sets us free from wondering if our sins are forgiven.
It sets us free from worrying if we can lose our salvation.
It is comforting to know that we are loved unconditionally by Jesus.
It is comforting to know that in his great love for us, he laid down his life to pay the death penalty for our sins.
Jesus loves the lost.
Jesus looks for the lost.
The word lost communicates value and worth.
It communicates that something is not where it belongs, and it is so valuable that it is searched for until it is found, such as a mother searching for a lost child in a crowded mall.
The lost to Jesus are those who are not where they belong, which is a love relationship with God as Father.
Jesus told three stories to communicate how much the lost are loved and how far one will go and what one will do to find the lost.
"Therefore if you have any encouragement in Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, then make my joy complete by being of one mind, having the same love, being united in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."
Paul, The Apostle of Grace
"...then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love,
being one in spirit and of one mind."
Paul, The Apostle of Grace
The Philippian church was established during Paul's second missionary journey (AD 51) when he shared the good news of God's grace with Lydia and her household by the riverside (Acts 16:13-15).
Now, about 10 years later, Paul writes to the church to encourage them to be united as one family as they shine the good news of God's grace into the darkness of Philippi.