Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13 NKJV). If God has worked IN us to save us, it will be seen in what comes OUT of us.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus… (Philippians 2:5 NKJV). In Christ’s emptying… the kenosis… we have the ultimate example of the singleness of mind Paul was encouraging on the Philippians.
fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind (Philippians 2:2 NKJV).
The single mind is our goal, and will bring joy.
As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend (Proverbs 27:17 NKJV).
The Bible has a lot to say about friendship.
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21 NKJV).
Christ was the center of Paul’s life, and the gain he anticipated in death.
What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice (Philippians 1:18 NKJV). Living with the gospel… the preaching of the gospel… at the center of our lives, brings joy.
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy… (Philippians 1:3-4 NKJV). We experience joy in Christ when we praise Him and when we pray.
Paul’s introductory thoughts to his letter to the Philippians.
For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost (Matthew 18:11 NKJV).
Apart from Jesus all are lost, but Jesus came that none need remain lost.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV).
You can trust God, ALWAYS.