*April 09th, 2021
“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind…Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:1-4
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Some years back I heard the story of a former communist official in Soviet Union who was trying to get people in his country to donate funds to help their fellow countryman after a natural disaster. They had asked people to help, set up a good system for donations, but still had little response. It lead him to ask “How do you get people to care for others?” When he asked this question, many in his country were atheists. While atheists have been known to help their fellow man, the encouragement and power to care is largely missing. The above verses from Paul’s letter to the Philippians remind us that care is enhanced when it flows from the encouragement, comfort, affection and sympathy one receives from Christ. You can’t give something away you don’t have. Throughout the month of April on we are going over the book of Philippians at our 9:15am Sunday Bible class. This week we will cover passages like the one above. Feel free to join us!
In His service,