Sunday, February 27, 2011
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort form his love, if any fellowship with 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 purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. -- Philippians 2 :1-5 THOUGHT: Many people, even Christians, live only to make a good impression on others or to please themselves. But "selfish ambition or vain conceit" brings discord. Paul therefore, stressed spiritual unity, asking the Philippians to love one another and to be one in spirit and purpose. When we work together, caring for the problems of others as if they were our problems, we demonstrate Christ's example of putting others first and we experience unity. Don't be so concerned about making a good impression on meeting your own needs that you strain relationships in God's family. Selfish ambition can ruin a church, but genuine humility can build it. Being humble involves having a true perspective about ourselves ( See Romans 12 :3). It does not mean that we should put ourselves down. Before God, we are sinners, saved only by God's kingdom. We are to lay aside selfishness and treat others with respect and common courtesy. Considering others' interests as more important than our own links us with Christ, who was the true example of humility. PRAYER: Shepherd of my soul, thank you for the ups and downs, the joy and blessings in the month of January. We are also thanking you for this wonderful month of February, Thanks for the wonderful word that you 've sent to us in this month. You will work in us to be like-minded this month in the name of Jesus. Your thought will be our though, your pursuit will be our pursuit, you goal our goal in this month. You will help us to deal with people the way you will deal with them. We shall walk and please you in the name of Jesus. This month shall be fruitful to us in the name of Jesus. You will use us to affect others positively in Jesus mighty name of Jesus I prayed Amen.