• Bishop Keith Butler

A Complete Joy

Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Philippians 2:2)

Paul told the church at Philippi that they had a hand in ensuring his joy was complete. The word fulfil in the Greek means to make replete, to cram, to level up or to furnish. It describes the way a house exists with a foundation, walls, and floor, but it's not fulfilled until the furniture is moved in. Without the furniture, the house is a house, but not a home.

Paul was saying something very similar to the church. His joy was complete because of Christ, but that joy doesn’t reach its full potential unless the church was unified.

Paul defines his fulfilled joy in one phrase: like-mindedness. That doesn't mean that we have to agree about everything, but simply that we have the same mindset as to what is essential in ministry. Paul explains it more in-depth with three definitions of like-mindedness.

First, like-mindedness means that we have the same love. Caring for others as Christ cares for us is something every Christians should do. We should show mercy and give comfort to those who are going through difficulties.

The second defining factor is being of one accord. We don’t use this phrase in our modern vernacular much, but it means to be on the same page in purpose and aim.

The third way we demonstrate like-mindedness is being of one mind. That doesn’t mean that we collectively have the same thoughts. Instead, we think the same way. We show like-mindedness when we allow the Word to guide our thoughts and our actions toward each other.

Practical Application – When a community of faith operates in unity, it is a spectacle to the world. Spend time praying today about the unity in your church. Declare that your church is one in love, purpose, and mind.

Acts 2:1; Acts 2:46



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