There’s Encouragement in Christ
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Divisiveness, selfishness, and sowing discord among the brethren is usually generated by only a few people in the church. When Paul wrote, “ if there is any consolation (encouragement) in Christ,” he was saying, “if there is any help, counsel, or coming along side to be someone's helper,” then do this. God has extended to every believer His great affection and mercy which in the end should result in oneness in Christ.
“ Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind,” communicates, make my joy complete by thinking the same way that I do in loving all believers compassionately and affectionately as Christ has shown to us. Selfishness can consume a believer and in the end, leads to a life of destruction. This kind of life breeds anger, resentment and jealousy and is often clothed in piety promoting ones own spiritual abilities. Paul’s heart was to bring oneness to believers, true joy, fellowship, love for one another, esteeming one another in the compassion and mercy of Christ.
My Christian friend, encourage unity, oneness among other believers and put aside indifference that produces strife, conflict, division and opposition. If it hurts my heart that Christians disregard and neglect other Christians, what do you think it does to the heart of God? Are you esteeming others before yourself? Is your agenda first place in your life or are the needs of others more important? True unity comes from a heart that cares for others more than caring for oneself.
Lord, may I put others before myself showing mercy and affectionate compassion.