Pondering Philippians: Chapter 2, Verses 1-2
We shoot our wounded. We judge our hurting. We turn a blind eye to the broken.
What if we didn’t do that?
What if, instead, we chose grace? What if we walked with the wounded and held the hurting? What if we looked the broken in the eye?
The truth is that you and I are not that different. We have both made mistakes that we wish we hadn’t. We both have hurts that keep us awake sometimes. We have loved and we have lost and we are just trying to make our way home. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just journey together?
I think that is what Paul had in mind when he said these words to “the saints in Philippi.” Paul was writing this letter to Christ-followers, y’all.
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. – Philippians 2:1-2
This faith walk is no place for standouts and superstars. It’s a team effort and we need each other.
So, the next time you are about to say, “I would never…”, choose grace.
Before you throw that tweet out there for the world to see, choose grace.
Grace. We all need it.
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Stacy Edwards is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a homeschooling mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ. If you need her, she’s probably hiding in the bathroom. You can follow Stacy on Twitter (@sjedwards.)