Philippians 2:19-24

A devotional commentary of Philippians 2:19-24.

Devotional Commentary of Philippians 2:19-24

Philippians 2:19-24

Caring for One Another in the Lord (Philippians 2:19-24)

From 1986 to 1990, Frank Reed was held hostage in a Lebanon cell. For months at a time, Reed was blindfolded, living in complete darkness or chained to a wall and kept in absolute silence. On one occasion, he was moved to another room, and, although blindfolded, he could sense others in the room. Yet it was three weeks before he dared peek out to discover he was chained next to Terry Anderson and Yom Sutherland.

Although he was beaten, made ill, and tormented, Reed felt most the lack of anyone caring. He said in an interview with Time, Nothing I did mattered to anyone. I began to realize how withering it is to exist with not a single expression of caring around [me]. . . .I learned one overriding fact; caring is a powerful force. If no one cares, you are truly alone.

This story tells us that we need each other because if no one cares, then we are truly alone. However, if someone cares, then we are not alone. We may not always realize it but we do need each other. In short, we need to learn to care for one another in the Lord.

There are three necessities for caring for one another in the Lord.

They are:

  • An unselfish spirit (2:19)
  • A genuine concern for others (2:20-21)
  • A servant's heart (2:22-24)

In short, if no one cares, then we are truly alone.

Devotional Commentary of Philippians

Philippians 1:1-11 | Philippians 1:12-18 | Philippians 1:19-26 | Philippians 1:27-30

Philippians 2:1-4 | Philippians 2:5-11 | Philippians 2:12-18 | Philippians 2:19-24 | Philippians 2:25-30

Philippians 3:1-3 | Philippians 3:4-11 | Philippians 3:12-16 | Philippians 3:17-21

Philippians 4:1-7 | Philippians 4:8-9 | Philippians 4:10-23

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