Complete Joy

Helen Brownson

READ : Philippians 2:1-2

I was working at a youth Bible conference as a young adult. Several of us on staff disagreed about curriculum, advice given to the young people, and the rules we should enforce. Feelings were running deep and all of us began to take sides. The atmosphere was tense and our ministry was suffering. Finally one of the directors gathered us all in the meeting hall and pronounced an ultimatum: “We are going to stay here and pray for a resolution of our differences even if it takes us all night!” By dawn we were together again and reconciled!

Disharmony existed with the Philippians also. Paul indicates with great tenderness that he will experience joy if they are like-minded, united in love, spirit and purpose. Paul is shut up in prison, bound with chains, liable to capital punishment, with tortures impending. He expects joy, not in a prospect of release but in the encouragement and harmony emanating from the believers’ union with Christ.

How wonderful it is when we deal directly with people and take them to our hearts just as Christ receives us unconditionally!

PRAYER

Dear Lord, help us in spite of diversity to be one in spirit and purpose. In Jesus’ name. Amen.