Summary: It’s impossible to live a lifestyle of unselfishness on your own. • Because its in our nature to be selfish – to look out for number one.

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How To Find Joy In Your Relationships Philippians 2:1-2:8

Here is a fact: God has made us to have relationships.

• And those relationships come in two forms

• First we can have a relationship with Him

• And second we can have a relationship with other people.

• Ever Since the fall of Adam and Eve trying to maintaining relationships has been a full time job between man and man - and man and God.

One of the biggest causes of unhappiness in our world today is strained relationships.

• And the reason for that is that Conflict kills happiness.

• It’s hard enough trying to live in this world when everything is going right

• Much less if we are trying to deal with somekind of conflict

• It doesn’t matter if its nation against nation or family member against another family member

• To try and live without any conflict is just about impossible.

So How do you deal with conflict? ----How do you strive for unity?

1. Unity is major factor for success and fulfillment in life.

2. To have a successful business the employees must get along and work together.

3. To have a successful football team the players must work together.

4. To have a successful government the congress and the president must cooperate.

5. To have a successful family the members must work together.

6. And To have a successful church EVERYONE involved has to work together.

The truth of the matter is that Very little if anything in life is accomplish on our own.

• However When there is unity there is tremendous power and potential.

• The problem is people don’t always get along – they don’t always co-operate.

• So once again How do we strive for unity?

• How do we reduce conflict and increase cooperation?

In Philippians chapter 2 Paul talks about how to we can have unity

• And how we can co-operation with others.

Phil 2:1 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and sympathetic?

Phil 2:2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose.

As Christians - we are supposed to have unity in Christ.

• We are supposed to get along with one another.

• There ought to be able to fellowship together

Paul says we are to be like minded.

• This means that we are to show the love to one another – because Christ has loved us.

• We are to display mercy and grace – because that is what God has shown us.

• We are to put on the mind of Christ and if we did that we will be like-minded – in unity and harmony.

But the problem is that unity and harmony does not happen very often.

• But here Paul gives five practical steps so that we can find joy and at the same time reduce conflict.

• And we find the first step in vs 3

Phil 2:3 Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.

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