"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." Philippians 2:1-2 (NLT)
I long for this kind of community, working together in one spirit, mind, and purpose.
This stems out of encouragement belonging to Jesus, comfort in his love, a sweet bond in the Spirit, and a tenderness and compassion from being close to Him.
Only when we lean in to Jesus can our community hold together in unity.
Lord Jesus, we want this unity in our communities of faith. Draw us closer to you and fill each of us to overflowing with your love and tenderness. Help us to see each other with your eyes. Guide our work to be one in spirit and purpose
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Just before the famous 4:13, Paul speaks about how he's learned to be content no matter the circumstances--rich or poor, well fed or hungry. The secret: God gives him strength in ALL circumstances. Paul trusts God to come through no matter what is happening to him
Now that is something I need way more than the strength to cliff dive or stick a landing, the strength to BE CONTENT no matter what.