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The Results of Unity

The second chapter of Philippians begins by picking up where chapter one left off.  It begins by focusing on one of the most important facets needed for the Christian faith, unity.

Paul begins with Therefore.  He is referring to what he had just written about standing together in one spirit and more mind.  This is necessary in the difficult times that come with following Christ.  Paul begins describing what unity looks like.

Paul first writes about four motivations for unity.  If there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion.  Encouragement in Christ comes from a word that is similar to how Christ describes the Holy Spirit as another Helper.  Consolation of love indicates living closely with one another.  Fellowship of the Spirit describes a partnership and mutual sharing.  The affection and compassion Paul describes being emotionally tied to one another and merciful to one another.  These four motivations are where unity begins.

Unity truly makes Paul joyful.  He begins verse 2 that these four motivations make my joy complete.  How does this happen?  By being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.  Literally this means being like minded, intentionally loving, one Spirit, and thinking one thing.

Paul finishes out by describing what unity in Christ does not not look like by comparing and contrasting.  Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.  What Paul is really saying is that we should put others before ourselves.

So what do we take from this?

1.  We have been given the motivations for unity by coming to faith in Christ.

2.  Seeking unity leads to a oneness.

3.  Unity leads to putting others before yourself.

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