Paul is telling us that God wants us to support and build one another up. The word support literally means to increase one another’s potential. It carries the idea of strengthening one another, to make one another more able to face the challenges of living.
Paul reminds us in Philippians that we are in this fight together and that we cannot afford to lose anyone. So to succeed we are to strength one another – we are to build one another up with and in the love of Jesus. The enemy is strong – he knows our weaknesses and he never lets up that’s why it’s so important to encourage and uplift one another at all times – we need each other.
Paul is also telling us that God wants us to stand alongside one another. We are to encourage one another all the more as you see the Day approaching. God will support us in every hardship, so that we are able to come to the support of others, in every hardship of theirs because of the encouragement that we ourselves receive from God. We were by God to stand alongside one another.
And Paul tells us that God wants us be patient with one another. When we support one another, we are to express unconditional love for one another. Even after we grow close enough to each other to learn one another’s quirks and annoying little habits, we are to stick by each other in love.
As Paul reminds us in Ephesians 4 we are to support each other with all humility and gentleness, and with patience, all the while supporting each other in love. So is there someone that comes to mind that just maybe you need to support and encourage today? Be there in love for one another out of your love for what God has done for you in Jesus God’s only Son.
Let us pray: O God You are my hiding place. You protect me from all trouble. Your ear is ever inclined to listen carefully for my cries. You surround me with Your songs of deliverance that I might enjoy Your peace. I am humbled by the display of Your Splendor each time I come to You.
I seek Your Son as I hang onto You for dear life. You are my hope and I wrap myself as tightly around You as I possibly can when I am weary. Plow this life of mine until I become fertile soil in You. I pray this in the Name of the One who calls me to cling tight to the vine – Jesus. Amen.
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