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The Manifestation of Christian Virtues

The manifestation of God’s divine nature in the virtues of comfort, love, fellowship and compassion is directly related to the measure and degree in which the church participates in this nature.

Philippians 2:1 is the premise upon which the apostle Paul wants the Philippian church to respond to the next several verses. As this series of motivating virtues flow through human nature, the child of God begins to think with God instead of reacting to men. The natural disposition is thereby nullified through selflessness and co-crucifixion as the soul springs forth with life, poise, peace, and wisdom. “Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being of one accord and of one harmonious mind and intention” (Philippians 2:2, Amplified).

Paul is asking the Philippians to live in harmony, have the same content in the soul, be like-minded in thought and purpose, and operate in total agreement. He desired them to have the same vision and purpose, even though the members of the church were at different levels of spiritual maturity and capacity. It is possible for us to function this way as we derive our inner strength from Christ and are motivated to love because of Christ. Allow the Holy Spirit to fill us with a deep, heartfelt compassion toward others.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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