“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.” (Philippians 2:3-4) [This great gospel principle passed on to us; is, to LOVE ONE ANOTHER and in humility, to value one another. This is the law of Christ’s kingdom, the lesson of his school, the signature of his family!] “In your relationships with one another, HAVE THE SAME MINDSET AS CHRIST JESUS: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, HE MADE HIMSELF NOTHING by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” (Philippians 2:5-7) [We must regard others in the lowliness of our mind, better than ourselves, understand our own faults and be generous in our judgments of others, be quick in spotting our own faults and frailties, but ready to overlook and have favorable understanding for the shortcomings in others. We must honor the good in others above that which is in ourselves; for we know our own unworthiness and imperfections better than others!] “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–CONTINUE TO WORK OUT YOUR SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING, for IT IS GOD WHO WORKS IN YOU to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Do everything WITHOUT GRUMBLING OR ARGUING, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation…” (Philippians 2:12-15) [Notice, it should concerns us above all things to protect the welfare of our own soul: whatever else happens, let us take care of our relationship with Jesus. It is our own salvation, the salvation of our own souls. We are not to judge other people; we have enough to do to look to ourselves; and, of course we must promote the common salvation (Jud_1:3) as much as we can, yet we cannot neglect our own. We are required to work out our salvation, ‘katergazesthe’. The word signifies working THOROUGHLY on our own salvation, and taking true pains to see it through!] “…so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” THEN YOU WILL SHINE AMONG THEM LIKE STARS in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.” (Philippians 2:15-16) [Jesus is the light of the world, and we as good Christians are lights in the world. When God raises up a good man in any place, HE SETS UP A LIGHT IN THAT PLACE!]
Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that WE WILL SHINE AMONG THOSE WE HAVE HELPED LIKE STARS IN THE SKY AS WE HOLD FIRMLY TO THE WORD OF LIFE!