Unity and Joy

Read: Philippians 2:1-4

Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. (v. 2)

I don’t know a pastor who finds any joy with people in the church who fight off unity or who cultivate disharmony. Paul certainly did not. In fact, he suggested that if there was division and disunity in Philippi, his personal joy was not where it should be. Paul’s joy would be restored only when the Philippians got their unity act together.

Paul was convinced that genuine followers of Jesus Christ will cultivate deep and united relationships with one another. As that continues to occur, the church is demonstrating spiritual health and vitality.

Here is a paraphrase of what Paul is driving at in this passage: In the journey of your Christian life, as bumpy or painful as it may have been, do not forget those moments of incredible encouragement that came to you because you are a follower of Jesus. When difficulty and uncertainty enter your life, recall those times of comfort when the presence and love of Jesus were so real to you, and when, through the work of the Holy Spirit, you were embraced by other Christians. Maybe you didn’t even know some of them, but the Spirit of God drew you together. And as that happened, you experienced affection and sympathy like you have never experienced it before. If any of this is true for you (and I know it is), then please stick together in unity.

As you pray, ask God to help you to focus on unity with other believers.

About the Author

David Walls is a pastor and writer who has served in ministry for more than 40 years.

This entry is part 16 of 31 in the series Philippians: To All the Saints