We’ve been dwelling in Philippians at church lately. So what’s an overachieving girl with no current Bible study to do? Go through Philippians on her own, of course! Paul seemed completely set on writing this letter with a focused direction in mind: to help a new church’s hearts grow closer together as they grow closer to Jesus. This is a beautiful, messy, glorious goal with deep roots throughout all of Scripture. And whether you’re reading this particular epistle right now or not, it has major implications for your life. Instead of getting all wordy, I’ll just let God speak for Himself…
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
(1 Peter 3:8)
Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that … I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
(1 Corinthians 1:10)
I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and You in Me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
You are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
(2 Corinthians 13:11)
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
So over the next however long, I’ll be posting about different aspects of unity and letting other thoughts on Philippians make their way down from my brain to my heart. Welcome to the ride. Believers, you are loved greatly by the King of Kings. Go out and love one another well.