Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:1-5
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3)
We must constantly be aware of our selfish and prideful attitudes. We are all sinners who have failed God and others. We must come to grips with the fact that we are a proud people. We must also remember what God says about proud people — “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6b).
The gospel calls us to a life of humility. We are to have the attitude of Christ — “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (v. 5), which is to be one of great humility and love. When we have the attitude of Christ, we will not do anything from conceit, but we will begin to view others as more important than ourselves. In other words, we will seek to model our lives after the life of our Savior. Jesus Christ was humble, gentle and gracious. Consider what He has done for us — “Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:3). Jesus Christ suffered greatly and gave His life for us.
When we get defensive with others, most often it is because of our pride. We are thinking too much of ourselves. I know from experience that when I become impatient and defensive, I do not have the attitude of Christ. I have returned to my sinful and selfish attitudes.
The gospel changes us from the inside out. It enables us to change our attitudes and actions. Thus we read, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31,32). When we have the mind of Christ, we will think more highly of other people than we think of ourselves.
Lord Jesus, grant me grace to have Your attitude about others. Let me think less of myself than I think of others. Forgive me for my pride and selfish attitudes. Thank You for humbling Yourself and making my salvation possible.
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