Philippians, Chapter 2:1-11 “1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
The last two weeks I’ve published Scriptures on pride and puffed up, and here I am reading Philippians and Paul is preaching on pride! But the word ‘pride’ is not used, it’s just the relevance. I’m sure I don’t have to point out to you, that if we want to be Christ-like, we have to put others first, and ourselves last.
Verses three and four of Philippians 2 above, are such a key to peace, if we’d only live this way. Helping others is always good, for the giver and receiver!
We can find peace and joy in doing for others, right in the midst of our own trials! It takes our mind off our troubles for a bit, and God blesses us during our tribulations, when we plant seeds of love.
Psalms 125:5-7 “5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
Philippians 2:12-16 - “12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”
Verse 14 above struck home with me this week. I have a new business, a franchise! And, as with all things, when you are striving to improve and succeed there is work involved & personal sacrifices as well, and I found myself complaining! It was so ironic! Here I am with a great opportunity for success and I was complaining about going to a conference! I had fun and it turned into a neat mini vacation with my son who I don’t get to see very often, but I sure didn’t want to pay for it! Turned out to be the best time I’ve had in a long time.
We can find something to complain about in everything! Even a new parent, who may have prayed to God that they could have a child, will complain perhaps of how they feel while carrying the child (in the womb) or about getting up during the night to feed the child!
Good grief, we’re complainers! If we were the Israelites, would we have gone around that mountain for 40 years also?! I do believe we would have!