1 If then there is any comfort in Christ, if there is any persuasive power in love, if there is any companionship of the Spirit, if there is any tenderness or pity,
2 I entreat you to make my joy overflow by living in harmony; possessing the same love, and with one soul united in one purpose.
3 Do nothing out of strife, nothing out of vanity, but let each one in true humility consider the others to be of more account than himself.
6 who, though from the beginning he had the nature of God, did not reckon equality with God something to be forcibly retained,
7 but emptied himself of his glory by taking the form of a slave, when he was born in the likeness of men.
8 More than this, after he had shone himself in human form, he humbled himself in his obedience even to death; yes, and to death on a cross.
9 And for this God highly exalted him, and graciously bestowed upon him the name which is above every name;
12 And so, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, with reverence and self-distrust work out your own salvation;
15 that you may become blameless and innocent, the sons of God, without rebuke in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like stars in a dark world,
16 holding out a message of life. Thus it will be my boast at the day of Christ that I have not run in vain, or toiled for nothing.
17 Nay, even if my life is to be poured out as a libation upon the sacrifice and service of you faith,
18 I will rejoice and congratulate you all; and in the same way you must rejoice and congratulate me.
19 Now I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you before long, so that I may be of good comfort when I learn the news concerning you.
22 And you know Timothy's worth, how he has shared my servitude in furtherance of the gospel, like a son helping his father.
25 Epaphroditus, my brother and coworker and fellow soldier, who is your messenger and minister to my needs, I have thought it necessary to send to you;
27 And indeed he was sick nigh unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not on him only, but on me also so that I should not have sorrow upon sorrow.
28 Therefore I have been the more eager to send him, in order that you may rejoice in seeing him again, and that I may have one sorrow less.