1 If then I can appeal to you as the followers of Christ, if there is any persuasive power in love and any common sharing of the Spirit, or if you have any tender-heartedness and compassion, make my joy complete by being of one mind, 2 united by mutual love, with harmony of feeling giving your minds to one and the same object. 3 Do nothing in a spirit of factiousness or of vainglory, but, with true humility, let every one regard the rest as being of more account than himself; 4 each fixing his attention, not simply on his own interests, but on those of others also. 5 Let the same disposition be in you which was in Christ Jesus.
- 6 Although from the beginning He had the nature of God He did not reckon His equality with God a treasure to be tightly grasped.
- 7 Nay, He stripped Himself of His glory, and took on Him the nature of a bondservant by becoming a man like other men.
- 8 And being recognized as truly human, He humbled Himself and even stooped to die; yes, to die on a cross.
- 9 It is in consequence of this that God has also so highly exalted Him, and has conferred on Him the Name which is supreme above every other,
- 10 in order that in the Name of JESUS every knee should bow, of beings in Heaven, of those on the earth, and of those in the underworld,
- 11 and that every tongue should confess that JESUS CHRIST is LORD, to the glory of God the Father.
12 Therefore, my dearly-loved friends, as I have always found you obedient, labour earnestly with fear and trembling—not merely as though I were present with you, but much more now since I am absent from you—labour earnestly, I say, to make sure of your own salvation. 13 For it is God Himself whose power creates within you the desire to do His gracious will and also brings about the accomplishment of the desire. 14 Be ever on your guard against a grudging and contentious spirit, 15 so that you may always prove yourselves to be blameless and spotless–irreproachable children of God in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you are seen as heavenly lights in the world, 16 holding out to them a Message of Life. It will then be my glory on the day of Christ that I did not run my race in vain nor toil in vain.
17 Nay, even if my life is to be poured as a libation upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I rejoice, and I congratulate you all. 18 And I bid you also share my gladness, and congratulate me. Philippians 2:1-17 WNT
We do pray always for you, that our God may count you worthy of the calling, and may fulfil all the good pleasure of goodness, and the work of the faith in power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 Young’s Literal Translation