How do we use the Word of God in conversational form? Let’s try it!
It has been my experience that (11) Fools give full vent to their anger, but the wise bring calm in the end. (23) Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor, and I do want to gain honor for Christ.
Humility is the attitude of Christ. “he made himself nothing, by taking the very nature of a servant…he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death–even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:7-8. We should, too. Therefore, “in your relationships with one another, have the same mindset [attitude] as Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5.
In fact, we should “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 others.” Philippians 2:3-4. Only in this way can we ever be “like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and one of mind.” Philippians 2:2.
We should work on being united in Christ through the sharing of the Spirit “in tenderness and compassion.” By doing so, we will make our joy complete in Him (taken from Philippians 2:1-2a).
We get so caught up in our own lives that we neglect to “be devoted to one another in love.” How can we “honor one another above ourselves” (Romans 12:10) if we don’t get together, and if we aren’t “kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave us?” (Ephesians 4:32).
May we “never be lacking in zeal” in our process of becoming like Christ. Church is designed for Christ to teach us how to love one another. BUT, IT’S WORK. We have to work at it. We have to BE TOGETHER in order to work on being together. Let’s “keep our spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” (Romans 12:11).
Abba, I pray for my Sunday School Class, my Choir, my musicians, my church, and my extended Christian family that they would humble themselves and submit to each other in love. May pride take a backseat–no, take a hike!–and humility be the order of the day for all of us. I want to be like You, LORD. May I humble myself in Your sight so that You may lift me up to serve others. Amen.