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Encouragement to Unity in the Faith and Service of One Another

Philippians 2.1-4
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Paul encourages the church to be unified in Christ. The church at Philippi was made up of people with many diverse backgrounds. Paul exhorts us to use our spiritual gifts to build up the body of Christ in unity and humility. It is human nature to look to our own interests. In Christ we should look to the interests of others as well.

Paul begins this passage with the reason we can be unified in Christ—there is encouragement in Christ, comfort from love, participation in the Spirit, affection and sympathy—his question is for you individually. Does your life display these qualities? The only way we can have such love for one another and be unified is in Christ.

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