Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4 NKJV
God’s greatest commandment is to love Him with all our heart, soul and strength. His second greatest commandment is to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves.
Our neighbors are not just the people who live near us. Our neighbors are people we worship with. Our neighbors are people who serve God in other places. If we honor God by obedience to scripture He will receive glory and the Body of Christ will be blessed!
Jesus knows we can be selfish at times. He knows we can be ambitious. God knows we will struggle with the desire to place our own interests above the interests of others. He wants us to follow the example of Jesus. Jesus stepped out of perfection and laid down His life for us!
Jesus knows our struggles. He knows our weakness and pride. He does not condemn us. Jesus wants to help us overcome our selfish desires.
Temptation is not sin. Sin is giving in to temptation. Jesus wants us to turn to Him with our temptation to seek our selfish desires. Jesus wants us to know the rewards of serving Him are exceedingly greater than gratifying our selfish desires!
We should bless the household of God in every way we can!
When we see someone caught in sin we should not condemn them. Our first reaction may be to condemn people who fall into sin. We must work through our initial human reaction and renew our minds. All of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God!
We should help our brothers and sisters seek God in every circumstance!
Loving our neighbors means helping each other get back on our feet when we fall. It means showing the love of God to each other regardless of past hurts and wounds. Loving our neighbors requires forgiving each other just as God has forgiven us!
God loves you and your neighbor with a perfect everlasting love. You will spend eternity with your neighbor in the presence of Almighty God. Put the past behind you today.
Build a future that will honor God, bring glory to His name and unity to the Body of Christ! Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Honor Jesus by honoring other people above yourself!
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