PHILIPPIANS‬ ‭4‬:‭21‬-‭23‬ ‭‬‬

“Give my greetings to each of God’s holy people—all who belong to Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me send you their greetings. And all the rest of God’s people send you greetings, too, especially those in Caesar’s household. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.”

Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭21‬-‭23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

As Paul rounds out his letter to the church at Philippi, he returns their attention to the simple truths. Namely he emphasis grace and unity. It is a simple thing to emphasize unity but this doesn’t always imply grace. Many have said identity into the status of dictator under the auspices of unity. Grace is an unmerited favor. In the context of unity, it emphasize the point that Christ isn’t a dictator. It wasn’t his tyrant that brings unity. This is a striking point considering that he was not without power. Instead it was his grace and freedom to choose it. It brings an even greater context to the overarching narrative of the passage, which is joy in suffering. Our unity under his grace should produce joy. To this end, we should all be striving for. Under this principle we should seek to conform all of our conflicts and our interactions. We should seek to ratify it into our social dynamic as a define principle of our personal constitution. These things are prime ingredients in proper Christian community and in heathy mental health for all believers.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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