“Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” Philippians 2:1-2

The Philippians’ biggest battle was not with their external circumstances but with those internal attitudes that destroy unity. The Apostle Paul had demonstrated his own refusal to let external circumstances control his attitudes earlier in Chapter. The “therefore” ties together his conflict with their conflict.

“If … if … if … if” are conditional clauses in this verse that indicate certainties, not maybes. Each “if” expresses the idea of “since,” and each following clause may be considered to be true.

Our “Common sharing” or fellowship is not only with God the Holy Spirit as seen here, but also with God the Father and God the Son, as well as with other Christians.

“Tenderness and compassion” come from a Greek term that means compassionate desires that develop in response to a situation and that stimulate a person to meet recognized needs in that situation.

In the second verse, the apostle Paul states a fourfold appeal that expresses one major idea – the unity of the church.

The words Paul uses to indicate one mind are virtually identical to the words translated like-minded earlier in this verse. Paul was strongly emphasizing the unity that should exist between believers and how they must single-mindedly strive together to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ.

God’s blessings on your day…

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