DEALING WITH DISUNITY
Stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.
Spiritual stability depends on mutual love, harmony, and peace between believers. Our lives are to be intertwined that we might support and sustain one other.
In today’s verse, we read that Paul wanted that kind of harmony in the Philippian church, but instead there was an intense disagreement between two women threatening the church’s life. Paul sought to keep sins such as partiality, criticism, bitterness, unforgiveness, and pride from spreading throughout the church.
To avoid such problems, it is necessary for believers to care and pray for each other. Mutual love produces the harmony that’s conducive to spiritual stability and reflects what the church is all about: supporting the weak, lifting the fallen, and restoring the broken.