One In Mind and Spirit!

1If you find any comfort from being in the Anointed, if His love brings you some encouragement, if you experience true companionship with the Spirit, if His tenderness and mercy fill your heart ; then, brothers and sisters, 2here is one thing that would complete my joy— come together as one in mind and spirit and purpose, sharing in the same love. 3Don’t let selfishness and prideful agendas take over. Embrace true humility, and lift your heads to extend love to others. 4Get beyond yourselves and protecting your own interests; be sincere, and secure your neighbors’ interests first.

5In other words, adopt the mind-set of Jesus the Anointed. Live with His attitude in your hearts. Remember:

6Though He was in the form of God, He chose not to cling to equality with God;7But He poured Himself out to fill a vessel brand new; a servant in form and a man indeed. The very likeness of humanity, 8He humbled Himself, obedient to death— a merciless death on the cross! 9So God raised Him up to the highest place and gave Him the name above all. 10So when His name is called, every knee will bow, * in heaven, on earth, and below. 11And every tongue will confess * “Jesus, the Anointed One, is Lord,” to the glory of God our Father!

C2 Paul describes a community where every person considers the needs of others first and does nothing from selfishness; it pulls together rather than pulls apart, and it is a body that knows its purpose and lets nothing interfere with it. It is an extended spiritual family where others line up to become part of this sacred assembly and to make it their home because they feel encouragement and know they are truly loved. So Paul urges the Philippians to strive for this radical unity and fulfill his joy by having the mind of Jesus who humbled Himself, became a servant, and suffered the death of the cross. Jesus becomes the example of humility and service, leading to the kind of unity Paul imagines.

12So now, my beloved, obey as you have always done, not only when I am with you, but even more so when I can’t be. Continue to work out your salvation, with great fear and trembling, 13because God is energizing you so that you will desire and do what always pleases Him. 14Do all things without complaining or bickering with each other, 15so you will be found innocent and blameless; you are God’s children called to live without a single stain on your reputations among this perverted and crooked generation. Shine like stars across the land. 16Cling to the word of life so that on the day of judgment when the Anointed One returns I may have reason to rejoice, because it will be plain that I didn’t turn from His mission nor did I work in vain. 17Even if my lifeblood is to be poured out like wine as a sacrifice of your faith, I have great reason to celebrate with all of you. 18And for the same reason, you can be glad and celebrate with me.  emphasis mine

Nelson, Thomas (2012-04-10). The Voice Bible: Step Into the Story of Scripture (p. 1445). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

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