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Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Every time I read this verse, or any of the several New Testament verses like it I am confounded by my all too frequent failures to live up to these truths. Lately I have been sampling a few of the Christian movies that are out there. (You can find then if you seek them out.) And I note with no little bit of chagrin how the characters acting in these films are able to live up to this most difficult of concepts,
But wait a minute. These folks know the outcome and the consequences of following along this path. They’ve seen the script. You and I may not know the specific consequences or the potential loss whether of place, face, or purse even life. But if you really think about it Jesus warned the twelve several times of the consequences of following Him. Recall, if you will the warning in John 16:33. At once stern and yet hopeful he said to them These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. You know the potential consequences really. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in every response and interaction learning the discipline of God as you go.