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….
The Greek word for “consolation” here begins with the prefix para. This indicates that consolation, like encouragement, is not merely a matter of words. Consolation requires that we invest our person in what we speak.
Adapted from Philippians: That I May Gain Christ, page 92.
Tomorrow: “Consolation of Love” (2)