Philippians 2:3-4 – Let nothing be done out of strife or conceit, but in humility let each esteem the other better than himself. Let each of you look not only to your own interests but also the interests of others.
What would today’s world look like if we not only memorized this verse, but lived it out? What would the church look like today if we truly esteemed others better than ourselves…if we looked at the interest of others rather than our own wants, feelings and desires?
The opposite of humility is pride and arrogance.
This verse really hits home because I have seen the damage done by not living this word. Personally, I have had relationships fracture, I’ve seen marriages that I believed to be solid just crumble, I have seen the damage done when we look to ourselves and our own interests rather than those around us.
I actually lived the opposite of this verse for a number of years (and personally, truth be told, I’m still a work in progress), but the first couple years of our marriage, I was still looking out for me, my own interests, my comfort, my joy – and I’ll tell ya, year 2-3 of our marriage, not so good!
When I decided to lay my life down, to look past my selfishness and look at Brandi, her interests, and looked at her better than myself, things started to click.
But there is a secret to this passage…when you do that for others, you start to see it then done to you. We serve each other, honor each other, care for each other, and bear one another’s burdens.
Our greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, then to love others as ourselves. I believe if we all lived out Philippians 2:3-4 and took it to heart, we’d be living out God’s greatest commandment for us.