If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
Paul is so powerfully subtle.
"If there is any encouragement in Christ..."
Of course there is!!
ALL of our encouragement is in Christ.
"If there is any consolation from love..."
Of course there is!
The love of God, the love of others
is our only true comfort and consolation.
"If there is any sharing in the Spirit..."
The Spirit of God is exactly what binds us together!
"If there is any compassion and sympathy..."
In Jesus Christ, we see God's compassion and
Jesus is sympathetic to us in every way except sin.
I think it should read,
we, Christian community,
shall be of the same mind,
the same love,
united by the Spirit of God
standing together at the foot of the cross
in need of grace.
Lord this is my prayer.
May it be so.
Amen and Amen.
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