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Esteem and appreciation | Week of August 26th

Philippians 2:3-4, 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.

From the sermon series: The Ten Commandments

Paul wrote this letter to the Philippians while he was imprisoned by the Romans. The letter was to thank them for supporting him while he was in prison. Though his circumstances weren’t happy, Paul was joyful because of his relationship with the Lord, and he wanted to share this joy with the Philippians.

Paul writes that his joy would be complete if he knew the Philippians were unified by the Spirit and loved one another. To truly love one another, Paul asks that no action be taken to promote one’s own self or to show that one is better than another. Rather, we are to be humble and care for the needs and interests of others. Our greatest example of this is Jesus Christ. He put the welfare and interests of others before His own life. Though it may be inconvenient to put others before ourselves, to esteem and build them up, this is what we are called to do. And we can find joy knowing that we serve others, and by doing so, serve God.

Journal Prompt: How can you esteem and show appreciation for a family member this week?

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