A moment of time can bring drastic change to any of life’s journeys. Recent events remind us that life is fragile, ever-changing, and uncertain.
In these troubled times, it behooves us to turn to the Word of God and discover the comfort and guidance that God alone can give.
Paul’s words to the Philippians are such words.
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.Philippians 2:1-4
The first instruction to glean from these verses is that if there is going to be any comfort, fellowship, compassion, or mercies then we must be likeminded.
Paul defines likemindedness as having the same love, being in one accord or agreement, and being of one mind. This means that we must be able to reason together as to the proper mode or position we are to take on any occasion.
Even the Lord Himself speaking through Isaiah said to “Come now, and let us reason together.” (Isaiah 1:18)
Paul warns against finalizing any decisions when there is strife or arguments still to be discussed and settled. God does not mind a good debate. In fact, Proverbs tells us there is safety in the multitude of counselors.
Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established.Proverbs 15:22
By considering the pros and cons of each position, we are more informed and able to make better decisions. Thus we avoid many of the complications that may regarding our choices.
Also, through debate many times a person’s purpose becomes evident. Is their counsel derived from the desire to glorify God or to get self glory.
The desire to do what is best for oneself is not always what is best for everyone involved. It also opposes Biblical instruction of “doing all to the glory of God.”
Appreciating others’ input and respecting their views as to their perspectives demonstrates a willingness to come to a decision that is Biblical and God-honoring.
As to the body of Christ, we are exhorted to care not only about our own needs but to care about the needs of others also.
Those needs include physical as well as spiritual things.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.Philippians 2:14-16
The body of Christ is to make decisions based on the Word of God. When those decisions are arrived appropriately, the body of Christ will be without rebuke.
We need to remember that we are in the middle of a wicked and perverse nation of peoples that are simply lost and desperately in need of comfort and guidance.
As the world looks to God’s people for guidance and direction, let’s be the light that leads them through the darkness.
Copyright 2020 by Peggy Clark