Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit,1 if any tenderness and compassion,2
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then make my joy complete3 by being like-minded,4 having the same love, being one5 in spirit and of one mind.
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Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.6 Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,7
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not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.8
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In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had:9
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Who, being in very nature God,10 did not consider equality with God11 something to be used to his own advantage;
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rather, he made himself nothing12 by taking the very nature of a servant,13 being made in human likeness.14
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And being found in appearance as a human being, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death15--even death on the cross!
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Therefore God exalted him16 to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,17
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that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,18 in heaven and on earth and under the earth,19
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and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,20 to the glory of God the Father.
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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,21
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for it is God who works in you22 to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.23
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Do everything without grumbling24 or arguing,
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so that you may become blameless25 and pure, "children of God26 without fault in a warped and crooked generation."27 Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky
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as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ28 that I did not run29 or labor in vain.30
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But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering31 on the sacrifice32 and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.33
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So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy34 to you soon,35 that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you.
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I have no one else like him,36 who will show genuine concern for your welfare.
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For everyone looks out for their own interests,37 not those of Jesus Christ.
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But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father38 he has served with me in the work of the gospel.
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I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me.39
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And I am confident40 in the Lord that I myself will come soon.
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But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker41 and fellow soldier,42 who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs.43
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For he longs for all of you44 and is distressed because you heard he was ill.
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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.
Therefore I am all the more eager to send him,45 so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety.
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Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him,46
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because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me.47
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