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Philippians, Chapter Two, Lesson One

THE JOY OF UNITY           Page 3
V. 1 (Cont'd.)

4) ** And finally, how about "affection and compassion", how are they manifest in a Christian's life?

"affection" translates splagchnon - lit. "inward parts", carrying the idea of our bowels or emotions at the "gut" level.

"compassion" comes from oiktirmos - lit. "pity"

These together speak of the ability to identify or empathize with one who is suffering or has a great need. This describes the ability to feel the pain and help carry the load. As sure as Jesus does this for us, we are able to do it for one another. cf. Matthew 9:36, Mark 6:34

V. 2 ** Paul is saying, "Since all of this is true about the Christian's life, here is how I want you to conduct your life. Again, he gives four imperatives. What are they?

1) Being of the same mind. cf. Romans 12:16, James 2:1-4

2) Maintaining the same love. cf. 1Peter 1:22

3) United in spirit. cf. John 17:20-21

4) Intent on one purpose. cf. 1Corinthians 10:31

** What impact will all of this unity have on the joy of the apostle Paul?

It will make it complete. Our joy also is maximized when we are each doing our part in the body toward these four imperatives!

** Why would unity in the body be so important to Paul?

Because it was to Jesus Christ! cf. John 13:34-35

V. 3 ** Ok - if it is so important, how do we do it? In the next two verses Paul lays out the three step design by God to give us the victory in this area of our corporate lives. What is the first step for us if we wish to experience "The Joy of Unity"?

1) Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit! We must watch our motives very carefully.

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