READ : Philippians 2:1-11
. . . be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. (v. 2)
Someone has observed that every marriage is six months away from a divorce. Some injury is not forgiven, it festers, causes harsh words, more slights, a distance develops, and the marriage is in jeopardy. Relationships are fragile.
The church in Philippi is nowhere near collapse. There are hints of trouble in the previous chapter, and there is some difficulty between Euodia and Syntyche (4:2), but Philippi is no Corinth. Nevertheless, Paul knows there is always the potential for divisiveness. Our egos swell quickly, they want their own way, and are easily bruised.
In the book The Question of God, Dr. A. Nicholi Jr. writes: “Freud provides a great deal of insight into the complex nature of relationships. He helps us understand why, in all groups—a family, a club, a church, a college, a corporation, an athletic team, a hospital—the primary problems involve not the task the organization exists to perform, but conflict between people. We harbor negative feelings towards others that influence our behavior and create conflict” (p. 162).
The enemy is within the gate; he is within our heart. Thus the concern and constant appeal to be watchful, to be of the same mind and love, lest our witness be compromised.
Lord Jesus, let not sin have its way with us. Amen.