1 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any afellowship of the Spirit, if any baffection and compassion, 2 amake my joy complete by bbeing of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing from aselfishness or bempty conceit, but with humility of mind cregard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 ado not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 aHave this attitude in yourselves which was also in bChrist Jesus, 6 who, although He aexisted in the bform of God, cdid not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but aemptied Himself, taking the form of a bbond-servant, and cbeing made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, aHe humbled Himself by becoming bobedient to the point of death, even cdeath on a cross. 9 aFor this reason also, God bhighly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him cthe name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus aEVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of bthose who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is aLord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 So then, my beloved, ajust as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your bsalvation with cfear and trembling; 13 for it is aGod who is at work in you, both to will and to work bfor His good pleasure. 14 Do all things without agrumbling or disputing; 15 so that you will prove yourselves to be ablameless and innocent, bchildren of God above reproach in the midst of a ccrooked and perverse generation, among whom you dappear as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that in athe day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not brun in vain nor ctoil in vain. 17 But even if I am being apoured out as a drink offering upon bthe sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 18 You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me. 19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to asend bTimothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition. 20 For I have no one else aof kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all aseek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus. 22 But you know aof his proven worth, that bhe served with me in the furtherance of the gospel clike a child serving his father. 23 aTherefore I hope to send him immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me; 24 and aI trust in the Lord that I myself also will be coming shortly. 25 But I thought it necessary to send to you aEpaphroditus, my brother and bfellow worker and cfellow soldier, who is also your dmessenger and aminister to my need; 26 because he was longing for you all and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I have sent him all the more eagerly so that when you see him again you may rejoice and I may be less concerned about you. 29 aReceive him then in the Lord with all joy, and bhold men like him in high regard; 30 because he came close to death afor the work of Christ, risking his life to bcomplete what was deficient in your service to me.