Imitating Christ’s Humility-

Jun 17, 2024 | Encouragement, God's Love

1 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.
Philippians 2:1-4.

 

It’s a picture perfect June morning, and if you are like me this past weekend was busy but good.

We e-biked 60 kilometres on Saturday with family, out from 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. That includes lunch and coffee time. So many nice trails and God’s creation to enjoy.

Friday evening, and last evening, we got treated to a beautiful dinner at our grown children’s homes. Then this morning I fit my morning bike ride in.

So today it’s back at it. Our fridge died, and it is only 10 years old. So we had to shuffle everything from our good fridge to our old fridge in the garage, which out has outlasted the shiny silver fancy fridge. I remember my parents only ever having one stove and one fridge their entire lives. That could be an exaggeration. The point is, they lasted a long time!

So on this fine Monday morning in June after some delays, oh. I am here to write about humility.

Do you remember the song, about it being hard to be humble? The words aren’t the greatest, but we clearly understood the message as teens. It is definitely hard to be humble, especially when we think we are perfect in everyway. If that is what you think, you have a long way to grow. So do I if that is what I think, but I don’t.

We are to value others above ourselves. Part of this is learning to ask good questions, really listening to what others share. We are all eager to talk about our own lives. Are we humble enough and actually love our neighbour enough to find out what they like to do, how their lives are going? Do we value the other person enough to put their interests above our own?

This world would be a better place if we put our own interests aside and allowed others to go first. Even as Christians, we enter the dog eat dog rat race of our own making. Much better to live quiet lives and strive for peace.

I read these Bible Verses a few times over and each time they caught my attention. What a lovely focus to begin with. “Therefore, if you have any encouragement form being united in 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.”

May these words challenge us today to encourage others, try to be united with others “in Christ.” Find comfort in His love this week, share in God’s spirit shining into your heart. Then tenderness and compassion will prevail and God’s ways will lead our hearts and lives. Enough of the selfish, vain, conceit, let us aim to humble ourselves under God’s hand first, and then towards others next.

Our lives will be more peaceful, tender, kind, and full of love and compassion.

What a great goal for you and me to set for the week ahead.

I’m up for the challenge. How about you?

 

 

 

 

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