Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Paul is calling the Philippian church to something we long for in this world. UNITY! He gives the Philippians a list of reasons they should be unified. They are in Christ, loved by Christ and participants in one Spirit. Given all these reasons, Paul again calls for unity.
But how? The answer is clear. Instead of watching out for our own good, watch out for what is best for others! This requires us to be active and intentional with watching out for the good of others, such as wearing masks, distancing, giving up our desires and routine. This may include singing hymns others may enjoy, sharing our space in church or in a store, on the road, and perhaps worshipping online or outside.
Ask these questions:
Am I actively seeking the good of others?
Am I listening, looking and praying to be aware for the good of others?
When you are finished with your time of reflection, close out this time with this prayer.
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day: Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ my Lord. AMEN.
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