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Philippians 2:1-4

14 Sep

Philippians 2:1-4 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, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 

Dear God, I love this exportation from Paul: “…value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” When everyone in a community is doing that then I don’t have to worry about looking out for my own interests because the others will have my back. 

I read a great marriage book about 15 years ago called Sacred Marriage. The subtitle was, “What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?” The author basically took our pursuit of our own happiness through our marriage off of the table and pursued the idea that, even in strife we should submit ourselves to our spouse and let God use the relationship to draw us closer to him. Ultimately, if both spouses are following this philosophy then they will be having their needs met by the other, or the other will encourage their needs being met beyond what they themselves can give. And if one spouse just never submits in that way, outside of things you just can’t live with like emotional/physical abuse and adultery, you can just use that relationship to perfect your own relationship with God. 

Father, make me the husband, family member, boss and friend that I need to be within this spirit. Be glorified through me, but also make me the worshippers of you and the servant of you that you need me to be–for my sake as much as yours. 
In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen

 
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