2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. 20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know Timothy's proven worth, how as a son[d] with a father he has served with me in the gospel. 23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, 24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.
25 I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, 26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. 29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.
Jesus tells us when you have seen Jesus, you have seen Father God. The New Testament is the fruit of the Holy Spirit and proclaims Father God's tender love to us. The men who were empowered to write the Word of God are displaying His Splendor.
The encouragement of Christ Jesus,
Comfort from love,
Affection and sympathy,
Complete joy from the mind of Jesus, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
Father God's equality and humility counts us equally.
Holding fast to the Word of Life.
Father God is glad and rejoices with us.
In Jesus Christ's gift to us, Jesus sees us as blameless and innocent, His children, without blemish.
Father God puts the Light of Jesus in all mankind and says a believer in Jesus shines as Light.
Jesus says we have no one like Jesus, who is genuinely concerned for our welfare.
Jesus has proven His worth in His invitation to Life.
Jesus will come to me, with the fulfillment of His Promises.
Jesus gave His life to complete what is lacking in me.
God has mercy, mercy, mercy on me.
Jesus is always eager to see me.
Our response to the Love of God. Thanksgiving.
And Thanksgiving will have a Harvest.
Look at the seasons of fruit:
Sun, warmth, rain, bud, bloom, fade, fruit, time, promise, and fulfillment.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
5 Therefore its height was loftier than all the trees of the field And its boughs became many and its branches long Because of many waters as it spread them out. 6 All the birds of the heavens nested in its boughs, And under its branches all the beasts of the field gave birth, And all great nations lived under its shade. 7 So it was beautiful in its greatness, in the length of its branches; For its roots extended to many waters.
Thank You, You are our Jesus. Our one Living Water feeding and nourishing those who call upon Your Love and Goodness.
We begin our faith journey as the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.
Father God, in You we move, live and have our being. We gladly lift up those we Love to You in faith and Love knowing Your tender care for them. And the People You have given us, help us to know through the Holy Spirit to pray and do as You are pleased. Knowing all Good is from You. For this Nation and her needs. These states, communities and Churches. We give this to You, Father God and rest with Joy knowing You are King and Father of all of this.
In Jesus, we give this to You in comfort. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †