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Living in Unity (5 of 16)
Series: Joy for the Journey
Ernest L. Easley
What an exciting time to be a part of RSBC! Now we're continuing our study of the book of JOY. And of course, I'm talking about the book of Philippians.
Writing from a prison cell in Rome, chained to Romans guards twenty-four hours a day, Paul writes this letter to the church at Philippi and the theme is JOY. What Paul had discovered about joy is what we need to discover about joy: JOY IS AN INSIDE JOB.
Joy is not linked to the circumstances of your life! Joy is linked to the Christ in your life. It is Christ in you that produces JOY!
Now look with me to chapter 2 beginning in verse 1 as we think about ..
Living in Unity
''Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.''
Now chapter 1 ends by talking about our conduct, our behavior. 1.27, ''Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ.'' And the Greek word translate ''worthy'' means ''to weigh as much.'' It was used to describe a pair of scales. In other words, our walk should measure up to our talk. Our conduct is over here on one side of the scale and the Word of God is placed over there on the other side of the scale, they ought to balance!
Paul had learned that the balanced life was the blessed life! No wonder he experienced joy! When you take God's Word and learn it and live it, the word in you produces Joy as you face life's challenges. So, chapter 1 ends by telling us how to have victory over our enemy in 1.27 Paul says, ''stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving t ...
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