Philippians 2:1-5 (KJV)

1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 

2  Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 

3  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 

:4  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 

5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Philippians 2:1-5 (AMP)

1 So by whatever [appeal to you there is in our mutual dwelling in Christ, by whatever] strengthening and consoling and encouraging [our relationship] in Him [affords], by whatever persuasive incentive there is in love, by whatever participation in the [Holy] Spirit [we share], and by whatever depth of affection and compassionate sympathy,

2 Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention.

3 Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves].

4 Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.

5 Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]

They will see the example of God’s love through you by Him working through you.

ENCOURAGEMENT

People need encouragement.

Encourage them to be led by the Holy Spirit, to do as He says to do. 

Encourage them by the Word of God.

Encourage them to look up scriptures to stand on.

Encourage them by showing them the love of God by expressing God’s love to them.

Encouragement by:

  • Being there to pray with them. Standing in agreement according to Matt 18:19
  • By giving encouraging words that the Holy Spirit ministers to you to share with them. 
  • Being there for them is always an encouragement. The devil will make them feel that there is no one there for them and that they are all alone. Being there for them re-assures them that someone is there for them and does care and they are not alone.

THEY NEED TO KNOW WHO THEY ARE THROUGH JESUS

1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)  

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

GOD HAS ALREADY PLANNED THE PATH FOR US TO TAKE

Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)  

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10 (AMP)

For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), ]recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

THEY CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST

Philippians 4:13 (KJV)

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 

WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST

1 Corinthians 2:16 (KJV) 

For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

WHEN WE ARE GOING THROUGH A SITUATION, HE GIVES US PEACE OF MIND

Philippians 4:7 (KJV)  

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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