We have Christ in common with each other; his Spirit lives in each one of us. This gives us a bond and a basis to get along with each other and to work together toward one purpose. Do we have to all agree with everyone, have the same ideas or preferences? No we are all different, but we all have within us the Holy Spirit. When our lives reflect the fruits of the Spirit, we live in harmony. It’s not all about me. It’s about Him.
Philippians 2:1-2 (New Living Translation)
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
Here’s how it works: Read the verses and pray about them. Is there a word or phrase the jumps out at you? Is there a picture that comes to mind? Do the verses remind you of something in your life? Draw a picture or write the words and let the Holy Spirit guide your thoughts.
Why study the Bible this way? If you take it into your mind and heart enough to translate it into a picture or word, it becomes part of you. If you add a sentence or two of explanation, you then engage another part of your brain which cements God’s words even firmer into your heart and mind.
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