Welcome to this Adventure in the Letter to the Philippians!

All are welcome to explore Philippians in the Bible with me. While I will be studying the letter as written by Paul and taken from the perspective of women both ancient and contemporary, anyone at all can read and add their appropriate feedback and questions!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Philippians 2:1, 2 - Encouragement, Unity and Real Power

Philippians 2:1, 2
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate?  Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
 When we become believers and join His family, Christ sends us his Holy Spirit to work His miracles in our hearts and lives. The obvious thing for us to do is to submit, relax and allow these gifts to come in and do their work. Then, those who have labored for our lives will rejoice like the Apostle Paul  to see the good results in us and the unity in the church as each heart responds to the Holy Spirit and moves together in one purpose. This unity is because we are all receptive to the Holy Spirit’s leading and guiding. Much can happen when we each have such an experience.


Did Eve have this experience after she left the garden with Adam? Over time, did God work in her heart and bring unity between her and Adam and their children who believed? Did she let her heart be comforted in the love God had for her? That is where the Holy Spirit must start. He heals us with that great love God has for us so that we can enter in that fellowship. Our hearts become tender and compassionate for others. As the healing is accomplished we reach out and begin to work with other believers as a team in unity. We do not know if Adam and Eve experienced this love, joy and unity together or not.


Mary’s heart was tender and compassionate because of the work of God’s love in her heart. I am so glad that she lived long enough to see the results of her Son’s work on earth. How hard it must have been for her to see his ultimate suffering. We have only a small idea of the sword that pierced her soul, but her wounds were healed and she was a part of the believers after Jesus went to heaven. From what we understand, she continued on the winning team until she died.

My Prayer

Dear Lord, thank You for sending me Your Holy Spirit and working Your love in my heart. Thank You that I can enter into that true bonding with other believers when I respond and receive You and Your gifts personally. I want to have that experience of unity and that circle of love that only comes from You. Entering into this experience as the Holy Spirit heals me and works inside my heart is the only way I can really make a difference in life and have a part in Your Kingdom. All of this is possible because of Jesus! Thank You most of all for Him! Amen.

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