Paul makes a couple of simple statements in Philippians chapter 1 that are a great reminder for us as Christians.
We should strive to grow in knowledge and understanding so that we understand what really matters most in order to live pure, and blameless lives. The thing that matters most is that we let our love overflow more and more.
He also reminds the Philippians to remain filled with the fruit of their salvation which is the righteous character produced in your life by Christ. This is what brings glory, honor, and praise to God.
The fruit of your salvation is your righteous character, and the biggest evidence of that character is how you treat other people. Is love spilling out of you? The opposite of love is fear. As people we generally treat people inappropriately when we are afraid of them in some way. Perfect love casts out all fear.
Let your love flow without fear, and let your righteous character shine!
God is for you, and I am for you. Let there be no fear in you.
As Christians, it seems that we tend to make living a fulfilling christian life a deep, and unobtainable theological mystery. This seems to cause people to act like someone they are not, try to modify their behavior, and measure up to the standard status quo.
I would like to make this argument….It’s not complicated.
I think it can be simplified down to the two commands of Christ…Love God with every aspect of your being, and love others as Christ has loved you.
Out of the first command we love God with all of our being. We follow Jesus, we are transformed by Jesus, empowered by Jesus, view the world through Jesus, interpret scripture through Jesus, etc, and understand as 1 John 3 says that love was the message from the beginning.
Out of the second command we love others as He loves us. I think this produces 6 primary things we should do to live the Christian life….
Love one another, Encourage one another, humbly serve one another, accept one another, greet one another with love/excitement/joy, and Do not be evil towards one another.
There are no less than 59 “one another” statements in the New Testament.
It’s not complicated……Love God, and love people.