|Philippians 2 : Unity through Humility
||[May. 20th, 2008|11:23 am]
1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,|
2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Lord, may I please walk in a spirit of unity with my fellow Christians and think not only of myself but others when I act. No matter how big or small I may get the eyes of others, may I know and understand that we are one in Christ and if anything that I should consider them before considering myself (in accordance with Your will and Your ways).
This draws back to what Paul has built on in Philippians 1:27-30, telling the Philippians how to stand strong for the Lord against external conflicts. Now he tells them how to act against internal conflicts in the body of Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:3 says that God is the God of all comfort. There is no way He cannot comfort us and no circumstance beyond His comfort. But this is more than comfort; this is the comfort of love.
ii. The word comfort in this passage is the ancient Greek word paraklesis. The idea behind this word for comfort in the New Testament is always more than soothing sympathy. It has the idea of strengthening, of helping, of making strong. The idea behind this word is communicated by the Latin word for comfort (fortis), which also means “brave.” The love of God in our loves makes us strong and makes us brave. Of course there is comfort of love!When what we do is not done out of love for others, but out of our own desire for “advancement” or “promotion” (selfish ambition)
Conceit is thinking too highly of one’s self, of having an excessive self-interest and self-preoccupation.
As we put away our selfish ambitions, our conceit, and our tendencies to be high-minded and self-absorbed, we will naturally have a greater concern for the interests and needs of others. Paul doesn’t tell us that it is wrong to look out for our own interests, but that we should not only look out for our own interests.