Comfort and Caring for One Another
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies. (Philippians 2:1)
Do you know why Jesus said the Father would send another Comforter to us after He ascended into heaven? (John 14:16) It was because, as Christians, we may be asked to do some uncomfortable things. Paul's opening statement in the second chapter of Philippians indicates that, while serving God may not always be comfortable, He still provides comfort.
The Greek word that is translated consolation means solace or comfort. We can find solace and consolation in Christ. If you translate Christ accurately, then you understand that Paul was telling us that we can be consoled and comforted because of the anointing. The Holy Ghost is in us and upon us. Acts 10:38 tells us that the anointing on Jesus empowered Him to go about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil. Knowing that we have that same power is, indeed, comforting. Paul added that we would have comfort, not only from the anointing, but from love. When fear tries to raise its ugly head, we should stand up and declare, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18). Knowing that the God of all creation loves us should bring us tremendous comfort and strength.
Next, in Philippians 2:1, Paul mentioned fellowship. Fellowship means participation, partnership, and social interaction. God’s design for His church is that we interact with one another – not merely sit next to each other in service – but to know and enjoy each other’s company. Finally, Paul used a word that had a different understanding in King James’ day; that word is bowels. The word in Greek means inward affection.
Practical Application – We may not agree on everything, but because we are all brothers and sisters in Christ, we should have an inward caring for one another that is more than skin deep!
Romans 15:5; 2 Thessalonians 2:16