Philippians 2:2-4
Same Mind… Same Love… Same Spirit

Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

There are a number of characteristics is in the mind of Christ that the Spirit of God has listed here. He gave up His rights as God in heaven to do the will of God on earth. The attitude He showed is given so we will look for opportunities to do the will of God on behalf of others rather than our expectations as to what others will do for us. He was, is, and always will be the eternal Son of God. He did not ever stop being who He was, but added to that perfect humanity when He came to earth. He subjected Himself to human limitations in order to provide the redemption we needed. There is a principle here for practical Christian living. We need to have the attitude of laying aside our own rights in order to serve others. So in the fellowship of the Spirit we are to stand fast and exercise love in the Spirit. There is another presence, another Person, in our lives. It is through Him we can remain unified with others.

To think alike there has to be the same common denominator,
A power beyond which is our own to draw us all together.
Not only is the source the same, but also the same goal –
That is not just from common interest but comes from in the soul.

To love alike would indicate one object of our affection.
It would keep us all united because we would be looking in one direction –
Towards the one and same Person who has captivated our hearts –
And also love the same interests we shared right from the start.

One accord is really like musical harmony in our spirit.
There is a sense of joy and fellowship linking us to it –
As the Spirit of God unites us who are different and yet the same –
Each with different gifts and abilities all used in Jesus’ name.

To reach a common objective calls for a single mind.
Though each person is unique we all know when we find
The motivation to join together and labor together as one.
The supreme objective of us all is to glorify God’s Son.

To demonstrate the will of God as a company of gathered saints –
Means each one recognizes the others first in the decisions he or she makes.
We’re not a bunch of independent people who come at our own choosing,
But as a unified house of God, our independence we are loosing.

A much higher principle to learn is, “The way up is down.”
When a person is called to lead, he serves, and other people crown.
Selfish ambition and conceit will only cause division.
To be one in mind and love and spirit is the attitude of heaven.

Each gathered company of God’s people, whether great or small –
Will only function as God wants when there is room for all.
To know what others think and love, then in spiritual harmony –
Each believer will be assured they’re where they’re supposed to be.

O God of all the churches: may there be in the assemblies I seek to help, a sense of the holiness and reverence that belongs in the house of God. May there be created and maintained a harmony and grace that empowers them to testify in that place and bring blessing to the believers – and glory to Thee. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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