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1 If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care - 1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,
2 then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
3 Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
4 Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
5 Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6 He had equal status with God but didn't think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7 Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
8 Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn't claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death - and the worst kind of death at that: a crucifixion. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross!
9 Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 so that all created beings in heaven and on earth - even those long ago dead and buried - will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father. 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 What I'm getting at, friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you've done from the beginning. When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I'm separated from you, keep it up. Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,
13 That energy is God's energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure. 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
14 Do everything readily and cheerfully - no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! 14 Do everything without complaining or arguing,
15 Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe
16 so I'll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You'll be living proof that I didn't go to all this work for nothing. 16 as you hold out the word of life--in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.
17 Even if I am executed here and now, I'll rejoice in being an element in the offering of your faith that you make on Christ's altar, a part of your rejoicing. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.
18 But turnabout's fair play - you must join me in my rejoicing. Whatever you do, don't feel sorry for me. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
19 I plan (according to Jesus' plan) to send Timothy to you very soon so he can bring back all the news of you he can gather. Oh, how that will do my heart good! 19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you.
20 I have no one quite like Timothy. He is loyal, and genuinely concerned for you. 20 I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare.
21 Most people around here are looking out for themselves, with little concern for the things of Jesus. 21 For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
22 But you know yourselves that Timothy's the real thing. He's been a devoted son to me as together we've delivered the Message. 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.
23 As soon as I see how things are going to fall out for me here, I plan to send him off. 23 I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me.
24 And then I'm hoping and praying to be right on his heels. 24 And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.
25 But for right now, I'm dispatching Epaphroditus, my good friend and companion in my work. You sent him to help me out; now I'm sending him to help you out. 25 But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs.
26 He has been wanting in the worst way to get back with you. Especially since recovering from the illness you heard about, he's been wanting to get back and reassure you that he is just fine. 26 For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill.
27 He nearly died, as you know, but God had mercy on him. And not only on him - he had mercy on me, too. His death would have been one huge grief piled on top of all the others. 27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow.
28 So you can see why I'm so delighted to send him on to you. When you see him again, hale and hearty, how you'll rejoice and how relieved I'll be. 28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety.
29 Give him a grand welcome, a joyful embrace! People like him deserve the best you can give. 29 Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him,
30 Remember the ministry to me that you started but weren't able to complete? Well, in the process of finishing up that work, he put his life on the line and nearly died doing it. 30 because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me.