The Emotions of Christianity
Paul the Apostle assumed that powerful emotions went with the Christian experience. As he introduced the topic of following Christ, and being other centered as Christ is, Paul told us that Christianity’s rich emotions should be the basis of our response to Christ's example.
If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,
2 make my joy complete by being of the same perspective, maintaining the same love, same souled, intent on one perspective. (Phil 2:1-2)
He mentioned encouragement, the deep sympathy that comes from agape love, the partnership of the Spirit, affection for others, and compassion for the pain of others as the foundation for having a common perspective. Strikingly, he pointed out that the emotions of Christianity should be the basis of Christian relationships. Without those emotions for serving others and being united in perspective, what is left is just an invitation to the flesh. With those as the foundation, service is a privilege and a pleasure above all.
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