Sony’s Thoughts: Fulfill My Joy
“If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfill you my joy, that you be like minded, 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” (Philippians 2:1-4).
The above is one of my favorite admonishing passages of Scripture. My favorite passages change from time to time but I love the way Paul admonishes the Philippians to be of one mind. Easier said than done but so vital. I don’t think being of one mind always means completely agreeing but we are to be of one Spirit, preferring others as better than ourselves, being willing to admit that my way may not always be the right way and, even if it is, to back up at times and be willing to let others make mistakes.
Humility is not an easy thing but it is one of the things that Jesus modeled perfectly for us. He was always ready to teach but, if they didn’t want to listen, He would let it go.
So much of what divides the Body of Christ is petty. We have lost site of the core of Christ’s teaching which was love–for God and for others. There are issues worth dying for but not everything is. Hear the heart of Jesus as He says, “The greatest commandment is this: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love your neighbor as yourself.” That is the greatest Commandment. Let’s show the world (and the Church) that we really do love them and will continue to do so as Christ shows us how.