1 If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy,
2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing.
3 Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves,
4 each looking out not for his own interests, but (also) everyone for those of others.
13 For God is the one who, for his good purpose, works in you both to desire and to work.
14 Do everything without grumbling or questioning,
16 as you hold on to the word of life, so that my boast for the day of Christ may be that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
18 In the same way you also should rejoice and share your joy with me.
20 For I have no one comparable to him for genuine interest in whatever concerns you.
21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
22 But you know his worth, how as a child with a father he served along with me in the cause of the gospel.
23 He it is, then, whom I hope to send as soon as I see how things go with me,
26 For he has been longing for all of you and was distressed because you heard that he was ill.
27 He was indeed ill, close to death; but God had mercy on him, not just on him but also on me, so that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow.
28 I send him therefore with the greater eagerness, so that, on seeing him, you may rejoice again, and I may have less anxiety.
29 Welcome him then in the Lord with all joy and hold such people in esteem,
30 because for the sake of the work of Christ he came close to death, risking his life to make up for those services to me that you could not perform.