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January 20, 2016
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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….
—Philippians 2:1

The consolation that Paul was seeking in 2:1 is “consolation of love.” The Greek word for “love” here is agape. The verb form of this word means “to love out of an intelligent estimate of the object of love”; it “contemplates the attributes and character” of what is loved (Vincent, 4:167). In other words, it is a love that treasures its object.

Adapted from Philippians: That I May Gain Christ, page 92.

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