Persuasive Incentive

Philippians 2:1 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) So by whatever [appeal to you there is in our mutual dwelling in Christ, by whatever] strengthening and consoling and encouraging [our relationship] in Him [affords], by whatever persuasive incentive there is in love, by whatever participation in the [Holy] Spirit [we share], and by whatever depth of affection and compassionate sympathy,

This devotional is brought to you by the use of the archaic language of the King James Version. That archaic version led me to check multiple versions due to the changes in word meanings over time. The word I was uncomfortable with was consolation, as in consolation prize is a gift given for not winning.

Here I find in the AMPC version a phrase not used in any of the other versions. “by whatever persuasive incentive there is in love” In this I find a hint of how the indwelling love of God changes who we are from the inside out. As humans we do not willingly change unless we find the proper incentive.

We consider our sins are leading us to damnation. Coming to that understanding we look for an out. Along comes the offer of salvation. Thank you Lord, that is a great incentive, I accept. The acceptance only changes the outcome. If you are only looking at the way out of hell, you have found it, but that does not change you. You are still a sinner who makes wrong choices. Bad choices have bad consequences, nothing has change except the outcome.

Persuasive influence works in us to change us because the indwelling love of God demonstrates a better way. Nothing is as persuasive as a demonstration of effectiveness.

1 Corinthians 12:31b and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

A demonstration of love is more effective than preaching and teaching because it shows you how it works in ways that words alone cannot explain.

One thought on “Persuasive Incentive”

  1. The Holy Spirit was sent to us and referred to as the Comforter (the one who consoles us, among other things). Thus, He is our consolation, for He consoles.
    He is also at work sanctifying us, changing us from within, as you say. As that process continues, we become better imitators of God (Eph. 5:1).

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