Friday, July 22, 2011

Striving Towards Humility

Philippians 2:3 (NASB)

3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.

Beginning the discussion:

“Congratulations, Peggy, on your sales today.” I had to force myself to say those words, and it was even harder to be sincere with my intentions. But I went back to my office knowing I had taken a step toward obeying God. For weeks during my quiet times, I’ve been begging God to help me regard others more important than myself—and do it with humility, no less.

Having been extremely performance based during that season of my life, I could barely function when my name didn’t appear first on the sales board at the radio station I worked for. That kind of attitude was destructive to my soul, and at the office.

I’m no longer in sales, so today when I read Philippians 2:3 I thought “what if I treated my husband with this scripture in mind?” How would that change my attitude about my husband? In what other areas of my life would hiding this verse in my heart change me?

I don’t know about you, but this is one of those scriptures that really zings me. Read it in the Amplified Bible (below) for a real zingy affect:
Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves].
What about you? Does this verse challenge you? I would love you to join in the discussion by leaving a comment. I look forward to hearing from you.

Discussions points for Philippians 2:3:
  • In what ways have you acted selfishly or in empty conceit this past week?
  • What does it mean to have “humility of mind” and how does one achieve it?

To help you memorize this verse, you can write the scripture out by hand on an index card. Or click on the link to copy and paste the verse in any Bible translation you choose. The “Preparing Scripture Memory Cards” tab may also be helpful.

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