Verse of the Day 6-13-22

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, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 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;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death —
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:1-11

Christ’s attitude was what Paul has just described-one of complete selflessness, servanthood and sacrifice that puts the needs of others before himself. Now Paul begins to describe specifically how Jesus showed this attitude toward us. Paul stresses how Jesus left unequaled glory in heaven and took the humiliating position of a servant. In doing so, he obeyed God’s plan to the point of giving his own life for the greatest benefit of others. His sacrifice gave us the only opportunity we have for freedom from spiritual death, and it provides the final gift of eternal life for those who accept his forgiveness and entrust their lives to him. As followers of Christ, we must show humility by living unselfishly and sacrificially, caring for other’s needs and concerns and doing good to them.

Today’s Bible Readings:

1 Kings 11:1-12:19, Acts 9:1-25, Psalm 131:1-3 and Proverbs 17:4-5


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