September 16, Reading 3 – Philippians 1:21-2:11

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SAA Notes

Philippians 2:3 has the sense that it is better to allow yourself to be bested, rather than to destroy the church of God through ambition. Paul is not talking about a pretended humility but about seeking the attitude of Christ Himself for yourself.

SJA Notes

So how, as God’s people, do we be of the same mind, have the same love, be in full accord and of one mind?

Paul points us to practical humility.

Counting others more important, more significant, MORE than our own selves.

Because that is what Jesus did. Which in and of itself is a very deep and weighty idea to wrestle with.

That God Himself came down and became man, humbling Himself to the point of death.

This is how we can find unity with one another – When we be like Jesus. When we act as He did, putting others before ourselves.

A good thing to be encouraged in.

* Father Above,

Please help us to be as Jesus was, humble and obedient under Your will.

Please remind us each day of our need for You, and help us each day to strive for unity with one another.

Please make us more like Jesus each day.

Amen.

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