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….
Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus.
– Romans 15:5
How do we help those in a troubled situation? We should console them in Christ. We should console and treasure them in love, unveiling to them the God who gives perseverance and encouragement (Rom. 15:5). We should fellowship with them in spirit. In all this, however, we cannot have a superior attitude. We must come with humility of mind, following the Lord’s example (Phil. 2:5–8).
Adapted from Philippians: That I May Gain Christ, page 94.
Monday: “Affection and Compassion” (3)