Today’s scripture: Philippians 2:1-2
Chapter 1 ends with Paul’s assertion that we will suffer, but then he begins
chapter 2 with great hope. Yes, we will suffer, but we will be consoled and
comforted as we fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
We’re exhorted to be “like-minded.” Oh, if this were only true in the body of
Christ. Think about it. If every single Christ-follower followed the Bible,
truly loved others, was merciful, was mindful … what an example the Church
would be to the world.
Instead, the world hears of dissension, disagreements, finger-pointing. My way
of doing this ritual is better than yours. You should be doing this instead of
How can we expect the consolation and comfort of love that comes through
fellowship with others when we are so caught up in our differences instead of
what draws us together: the gospel of Christ.
Let’s “fulfill [Paul’s] joy” even 2000 years later. Let’s be of one accord.
Let’s have the same love. Genuine Christ-honoring love.