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Chapter 2

Why Christians should love each other

Philippians 2:1

Paul has just referred to the Christian life as a ‘struggle’ (1:30). However, he certainly does not mean that Christians should struggle against each other, with constant arguments. Rather, he urges Christians to stand together through their troubles, with an attitude of love (1:27). Christians should show kindness to each other, and care for each other. This is especially necessary when they cannot agree about certain matters. They should show love (1 Corinthians chapter 13), even as Christ did (John 13:34-35).

Paul appeals in a very strong manner to Philippi’s Christians about this matter. He emphasises four reasons why Christians should love each other:

(1) Christ himself taught and encouraged them to show love. This was how Christ lived on earth. He did not try to establish his own importance. Instead, he served other people; he humbly gave his life to help them (2:5-8).

(2) The love, that all Christians should have (Mark 12:31), causes them to act with kindness towards other people. A Christian’s love for God, causes that Christian also to love other people, and especially other Christians (1 John 4:20-21).

(3) The Holy Spirit is present in the life of every true Christian (Romans 8:9-11). The Holy Spirit is constantly working to bring God’s people together (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). They come from many different nations and circumstances in life; but God is joining them together as his holy people (Ephesians 2:13-14; 1 Peter 2:9-10).

(4) Deep in their hearts, God’s people should have an attitude of kindness towards each other. There is no proper place in their life for jealous, bitter or cruel attitudes (Colossians 3:5-14).

Next part: How Christians can show love to each other (Philippians 2:2)


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