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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.

Random Thoughts At The End Of January

January 31, 2012 12 comments

Just some random thoughts I had this month.

Can you have true kindness and compassion without Christ?

We Built This City is possibly my least favorite rock song of all time.

Do you remember the show, Alice? I never wanted to kiss Flo’s grits. I prefer to eat grits with salt, pepper and butter for breakfast.

A friend of mine forgot to pray until he was halfway through lunch one day.Does it still count or is it, like, half a prayer?

Since Chi-Fil-A is closed on Sunday, should everyone eat there on Wednesday before church?
Our religion should be an expression of our relationship with Christ. One way or the other, most of the time it is.
What exactly was Kurt Cobain singing in Smells Like Teen Spirit?
52% of people do not wash their hands after using the restroom.
Why do people have to fly by you, then immediately pull in front of you, just to get somewhere one second faster?  It’s irritating, especially when it’s someone you know.
A friend of mine heard an ad on a Christian radio station for a spiritual coach.  Isn’t that your pastor?
Read that 90% of pastors spend just two hours per message on sermon prep during the week.  I know they have other stuff to do, but what is so important that they spend that little time preparing to preach the word of God?
No one has ever given me the key to a city.  If they did, I would stick it in the ignition and take the town for a spin.
The Bean Pot restaurant in Crossville, TN is closing.  I remember the last time I ate there.  This is truly a sad event.
I wish the University of Alabama would quit sending my daughter correspondence.  Not.  Going.  To.  Happen.
My daughter bought her prom dress the other day.  Sigh.
I hope you all had a great January.  Remember, it’s only 329 days until Christmas.
Did you have any random thoughts in January?