Helping You Helps Me
Philippians 2:1-4 (NIV)
1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united in Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,
2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of mind.
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Think about this. I spend my time making sure you have everything you need to fulfill God’s purpose in your life, and you spend your time making sure I have everything I need to fulfill God’s purpose in my life. If we do that daily then we won’t have time to gossip about, hate on, disrespect, or make trouble for each other. Our days will be consumed with doing whatever it takes to encourage, motivate, celebrate, and love each other to victory in Christ because we are “united in Christ.” By helping you succeed, I’m helping myself because I will reap what I sow.
Helping others is easy for the most part, but it’s definitely not easy to help some people in your life. They talked about you. They turned their back on you. They said you would never be successful, but now they find themselves in a situation where they need your help. What do you do in this instance? In his letter to the church in Philippi, the apostle Paul tells you how you should handle that situation; the manner in which you deal is the same as if the people weren’t difficult.
The right solution is to humble yourself, and be there for your brother or sister in spite of . . . . You should entertain their interests/needs and not let selfishness or vanity dictate your actions. You should talk with them, think through things, and find a solution together. It may seem like a hard thing to do, but guess what. If you are walking in the Spirit, and your heart is right, it will be an easy task to stand with your brother or sister in their time of need. You have “comfort in [Christ’s] love” and are obligated to let that love flow through you to others. That love saved you, and it will keep you as you walk with your brother or sister. That love will help you express “tenderness and compassion” toward your brother or sister, and work with him or her to overcome whatever challenge they may face. In the end, both of you win, and God will be glorified!
By: S. A. Smith