Summary: "Be united in spirit” is used to describe souls that beat together, in tune with Christ and with each other. This word is made up of two words "sun" (together with) and psuchos (soul, self, inner life, or the seat of the feelings, desires,affections). So
Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together ---Vesta Kelly
Philippians 2:1-4 (March 2) Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. (vs. 5-11 on Easter)
Our song “One” that we hold hands and sing each Sunday during this sermon series is derived from this passage. As you sing these words they are likely being imprinted upon your heart, and are bonding you to one another.
“Being of one mind / having the same love / Being of one accord / having the same heart”
I wonder is that song meaningful to you? Why is that?
What is it about unity that produces those feelings of warmth and joy when we experience it?
This morning I would like to explore that a bit, as well as examine how we might become more and more united as a church family.
As I pondered the results of brothers and sisters being united, I came up with a couple of results that show up here and in other scripture passages:
Unity leads to God being glorified. (which is brought out in verse 10-11). It is His intention for us to be unified. I believe that when we feel that warm sense of joy, what we are actually feeling is the “pleasure of God.”
It results in the family being built up and strengthened. Unity is like cords of a rope being intertwined and braided, which makes it stronger with each additional braid of cord.
It proves to the world that we belong to Christ.
"Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples." (John 13:35).
The apostle Paul has a pastor’s heart for the church in Philippi. He asks them to make his joy complete by doing a number of things. Boiled down, he is asking them to be united in all things. Lets look closer at this passage and at what he is asking the Philippians (and us) to do.
The first thing Paul asks them to be is to “be of the same mind.”
"Thinking the one thing." Like clocks that strike at the same moment.
It is also “being in one accord” (Acts 5:12) which means to be in musical harmony (different chords, but in harmony)
1 Cor 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
He asks them to “Maintain the same love” (love of Christ, love for Christ) and to “Be united in spirit” –
This is used to describe souls that beat together, in tune with Christ and with each other. This word is made up of two words "sun" (together with) and psuchos (soul, self, inner life, or the seat of the feelings, desires,affections). So the word refers to being united in spirit or harmonious.