We are continuing looking at Philippians and breaking down what it has to say to us today. I want you to remember that this isn’t a substitute for doing your daily devotions and quiet time, but that this is an addition to them. Don’t forget to put yourself in God’s Word.
Philippians 2:1-11 (NIV)
Therefore 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 God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature 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--
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
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.
Have you ever been taken advantage of? Like someone you trusted did you wrong and it hurt you? What did you feel? Does it still hurt you today? Have you changed because of this? Maybe you don’t trust that person anymore. Maybe your heart hardened some and you don’t act the same way around people anymore. On the flip side of this have you ever had someone do something for you that didn’t benefit them at all? They somehow helped you out, gave you encouragement, or improved your life. Now how did this make you feel? Did you feel amazing, like someone actually noticed you? What ever happened in the past and what ever happened to you now, we can all get some advice from the passage here.
Paul here tells us to “have the same mindset as Christ Jesus” in our relationships. So what does this mean? What does it mean to have the same mindset as Jesus? Here are a few ways to do this in our lives:
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