Together in Love

Bible heartNowhere in Scripture is the idea of Christian unity portrayed more vividly and tangibly than in Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi. In the very first chapter, Paul tells the readers, “let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1:27) and then goes on to describe what that should look like: “standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.”

A few verses later he picks up the same theme by telling them to beof the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind” (Philippians 2:2). Those words are instructive enough, but Paul goes on to make them tangible and practical as he continues, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).

Let’s be honest. The idea of counting others more significant than ourselves is a pretty foreign notion for most of us. Yet Paul continues this line of thinking by showing that Jesus did exactly what he is telling the readers to do.

I would urge you to prayerfully consider what it would take for you, and what it would look like for you, to truly walk in unity with your brothers and sisters in Christ, counting others more significant than yourself.

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