Chapter Two, Lesson One
THE JOY OF UNITY Page
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"
"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
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
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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