Imitating Christ’s Humility
if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being
one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b]
of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Hello, I just got back from a fast trip to Findlay, Ohio, where my nephew, Bruce Jr., got married to Stacey. I pray that God will bless their marriage. I also give thanks for safe travel to and from Findlay. I am tired and worn out.
I was too tired last night, so there was not one for Sunday. Sorry! I did make it to church in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Tooke time out give thanks to God.
There is so much in today’s reading,
that I don’t know where to begin. There is one verse that shows our Christian values. We are not like other people in this world in that we put other’s before ourselves. As a Christian, we live by “what about you”
instead of “what about me”. The verse I’m focusing on is: “3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests
but each of you to the interests of the others.” This is one of our identifying traits as a Christian. We do not dwell on ourselves or our needs. We are willing to do without and put other people’s needs before ours. We
do not do this out of law, but out of love for what God has done for us. We respond and live this way because of gratitude towards God’s forgiveness, grace, and mercy.
I pray: O Lord, forgive
me when I get caught up with selfish ambition or selfish wants and/or needs. Teach me and make my life a living sacrifice to live for you and for others. I give thanks for all you have done for me, especially for my faith and forgiveness.
Help me to be a forgiving person. Amen.