Summary: HAVING EXPERIENCED THE AMAZING LOVE OF JESUS, FREES US TO EXPERIENCE DEEP, GENUINE RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS.
Palmer Chinchen, PhD, True Religion (David C. Cook, 2010), pp. 122-123
In Malawi, practically any shoe is a luxury. Lilongwe, the capital, is maybe the only African city where I have seen grown men walking down the streets barefoot. They are ashamed, I know that, but they have no choice. So I was not surprised when I took our college basketball team from Wheaton to our first practice in the African Bible College gym, and two of the Malawians in the gym were scrimmaging with one shoe on.
Several of our players began to snicker and point out to one another how funny it was that two guys were playing with a shoe on one foot and the other foot bare. One of them turned to my twin brother, who had lived in Malawi for more than ten years and was coaching the Malawian National Team, and asked why these guys were playing [basketball] in just one shoe.
His answer was sobering: "One of the guys showed up today with no shoes. His friend did not want him to be ashamed when you arrived, so he lent him one of his own. Now they both have at least one shoe."
The laughter stopped.
One player looked out for the interests of another even to the extent of his own inconvenience, comfort, welfare.
2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
HAVING EXPERIENCED THE AMAZING LOVE OF JESUS, FREES US TO EXPERIENCE DEEP, GENUINE RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS.
I. It all begins with our experience with Jesus.
Paul is using an if/then argument in Philippians.
The first core value was all about divine intimacy and the pursuit of divine intimacy leads us to the other core values, active repentance, Holy Spirit Dependence, whole life stewardship, Passionate Purpose. One final reality we expect to discover as we pursue HIM--genuine relationships with other.
Author Brennan Manning shared that it is only because we are loved so fully by God that we are free to love others.
To me, it's more important to be loved than to love. When I have not had the experience of being loved by God, just as I am and not as I should be, then loving others becomes a duty, a responsibility, a chore. But if I let myself be loved as I am, with the love of God poured into my heart by the Holy Spirit, then I can reach out to others in a more effortless way.
When we went to Idaho Road, Adam Fleder Pledged friendship, deep friendship to us. Why? How could he do that? We didn't' know each other. Adam understood that the nature of relationships after we have discovered Christ changes.
A. There is a healing in our relationship with Jesus that changes our relationship capacity.
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,