Philippians 2:1-2 (NIV)
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”
There are two simple illustrations of love in this letter to the Philippians that have been helping me. Love knows how to do without what it naturally wants. Love know how to say, “What does it matter?”
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.” (Philippians 1:9-10)
A moment later he has to refer to something testing to the spirit, but Love which enables to ‘a sense of what’s vital’ comes to the rescue at once. He does not brood over it or worry, for “what does it matter?” (Phil 1:18)
“It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The later do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defence of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important this is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is being preached. And because of this I rejoice.” (Phil 15-18)
It will not touch the Glory of God, the ultimate victory of truth. Love accepts the trying things of life, without asking for explanations. It trusts and is at rest. “Love’s comforting power,” Lord, evermore give us this love.