The "ifs"

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,
Philippians 2:1

The “ifs” in our life signify something is conditional. Paul piles a whole bunch of “ifs” that while presented as conditional are actually realities in the Philippians lives. He has been exhorting them to live together in a manner that is worthy of the gospel despite suffering and opposition.
Now because they are following in the way of Jesus, as Paul is, they are the recipients of these blessings and we should be thankful for them as well.
These are things we possess as we live in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ:
  • the encouragement of identifying with Christ even in our suffering.
  • the intimate care of God’s love.
  • the shared life of the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us.
  • the mercy and compassion to touch our hearts and change our lives.

When we meditate on these precious gifts and receive them by faith into our souls we will be living out of the strength of God’s power to be a humble people delighting to serve together.

Thank you for the many blessings in the gospel promises you extend to us each day. We thank you for the privilege to learn from your word and to be your people. Grant to us, through your Holy Spirit, unity and affection. This we pray in Christ’s name, Amen

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