Being Like-Minded Brings Joy


Once more, I submit that we can have joy from people when it is centered around their pursuits of Christ. Our joy will arise from some one whom God has used us in their lives to bring about His inclusion of them in the family of God, those whose names are written in the Book of Life. Paul will serve as our model again today. Today’s text is Philippians 2

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with 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 purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: (see verses 5-8)

The Reformation Study Bible tells us “The fourfold appeal of verse 1″ urges the reader, whether the Philippians or us, to be like-minded or to have unity of mind of Christ. It is the pursuit of Christ’s perspectives/motives that Paul cites as the source of his joy. Paul says the same love, being one in spirit and purpose is what completes his joy. Notice, his joy is centered on God, but the cherry on top is those whom he had shared the gospel following the gospel. This can extend to anyone following having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.

As usual, let me provide an example from my life. Nothing is more demoralizing as being at odds with one whom you love. This could be a spouse, a child, a sibling or a friend. Have you ever had a disagreement with a loved one over a very simple matter? If not, I have. In fact, it was yesterday. Let me spare you the details, but let’s just say that we both were angry over a small matter. We really got angry because we were not unified in love; we certainly were not one in spirit nor was our purpose the same as Christ’s. We were interested in ourselves and there was no joy.

As Paul stated Being Like-Minded Brings JoyThe person who was at odds with me called me and left a message. The person told me that once Christ’s ways were considered the person realized the error of the actions. The person apologized. Immediately, all of the hurt, frustration and other negative emotions dissipated. I was glad. I felt joy. It is true that being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose brings joy. Do you remember a time when someone was not like-minded as Christ but then subdued their errant ways? If you do, I am sure that you can say that Being Like-Minded Brings Joy.

If so, let’s commit to do what Paul encouraged the Philippians. He said, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:”

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