"SO BY whatever [appeal to you there is in our mutual dwelling in Christ, by whatever] strengthening and consoling and encouraging [our relationship] in Him [affords], by whatever persuasive incentive there is in love, by whatever participation in the [Holy] Spirit [we share], and by whatever depth of affection and compassionate sympathy, Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention. Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves]. Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others. Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]" Philippians 2:1-5 AMP http://bible.com/8/php.2.1-5.AMP
Such a passionate and heartfelt appeal by Paul to the church, yet hardly do we experience or show that Jesus kind of love (agape) towards one another. Often we express love based upon our wants, needs and desires, and hardly do we express love to another without wanting, needing or expecting anything in return. The Scriptures tells us that the love of many shall wax cold, and unfortunately that is the very disease that is killing churches and society today. To love the way Jesus commands requires us to receive and love Him and allow Him through Holy Spirit to develop and strengthen us. Otherwise we would never love according to LORD Father GOD'S will. Yes, it's a challenge and it won't get easier according to our natural man, but that's why we must rely upon the Spirit of GOD to lead and guide us, into love. This type of love, only, covers a multitude of sins. And this type of love harbors no bitterness, wrongs or unforgiveness. This type of love is pure. This type of love is powerful! So I challenge you to love the way Paul has described in this passage, today, but the first step and the Truest step is to love vertically....that is we...you...must love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, and all your mind and all your soul!!!