Philippians 2:3-6 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage.
This is tough. Value others above yourselves – you can’t tell but I had a hard time even typing those words out; they kept getting reversed on the page as I’m sure they are completely reversed in my heart. To be honest, there are some people who I can approach this concept with; my wife, my mom, my kids (sometimes), but others who there just seems to be no way that I could ever put their interests above my own on my own.
And so this is where the mind of Christ has to come in, this is where the Spirit of God needs to take over and tell me that it is more important to love other people than to love myself. It’s more critical to take care of others needs than to take care of my own. It’s life-giving to give your life away. These things I don’t need to gain for myself because God gives these things to me already; He loves me as I am, He will take care of all I need, and He has given me eternal life.
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