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Esteem Others Better Than Yourself

Copy of Copy of Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory- but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.KJV (1)

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3 New Living Translation

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3 NIV

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.KJV

Most of us say we are Christians but we have never really understood the true meaning and reality of Christianity. To be a Christian is to be Christlike above every other desire. Jesus was humble and presented Himself as a servant. He served, loved and respected everyone.

False Christianity, lip service and flattery towards God and man is indeed a very sad thing. Hypocrites are worse than unbelievers because their evil attitude mixed and masked under the cloak, garment and guise of Christianity actually repels potential converts and believers.

We must preach by our actions as light of the world and salt of the earth. Action speaks louder than words – we cannot go about proclaiming Christ and at the same time spew hateful, evil and proud comments on social media that ridicule and demean others – God is indeed watching us.

These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Matthew 15:8

The Lord said, “These people claim to worship me, but their words are meaningless, and their hearts are somewhere else. Their religion is nothing but human rules and traditions, which they have simply memorized. Isaiah 29:13

Todays Scripture says we should value and esteem others above us. This attitude flows from humility and truth however, most of us have forsaken humility and complete truth. We live in partial truth.

The truth is that humility and selflessness will achieve what money, physical beauty and technology cannot achieve. Money and technology are good but if they are not used with humility and truth, they can be used as instruments of death, subjugation, discrimination, slavery and every form of vice until man destroys humanity.

We must begin to practice the art of honoring and respecting every human regardless of their physical appearance and circumstances. Once we begin to see everybody with the eyes of love the way God sees everyone, we will become less selfish and honor and respect everyone. This will lead us to reject rudeness, mockery, scorn, envy, racism, tribalism, jealousy, spite, malice, unhealthy competition with others and every form of vice.

May God increase our love for others to perfect love. May we be found blameless in His sight as we wait for Jesus Christ.

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22 Comments

  1. carlos SP says:

    24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.

    25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?

    26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. Matthew 10:24-26

  2. carlos SP says:

    For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

    • laurabon says:

      Amen. The word of God is sharper than two edged sword. Glory to God – may His word always be glorified above man’s philosophies🙏

  3. That’s so true, the Bible says that in the last days there will be lovers of themselves…

    • laurabon says:

      Thanks for the insightful contribution. Yes, the Bible says so and it is unraveling and unfolding before our eyes. Blessings ❤️❤️❤️🙏

  4. ytl says:

    Great post and reminder of what it means to follow Yeshua (Jesus). However, the verse in Philippians 2 is incomplete without the very next verse. I say this because I have seen so many people interpret the verse you quoted, Phil. 2:3, as meaning nothing more then thinking warm thoughts of people and praying for them. This is the type of behavior James was writing about in James 2:15-16, “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?” (ESV)

    The full quote from Philippians 2:3-4 is, “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.” (NIV)

    In other words (and as you point out in your post), don’t just talk or pray about it. Do something about it. Here is a perfect example of what this may look like in our churches today. Say you want or even ‘need’ some new clothes. Instead of getting them, give the money to a family or person in your church that could use it. Better yet, take a single parent or person on social security out to get something new for themselves (but without calling undue attention to yourself). Many will say that they give their used clothes to others. That is good and does fill a need, but true worship, as shown in the Bible, comes from giving of the best one has. Consider the entire sacrificial system that God ordained. He called for unblemished (read ‘best’) animals. (Yes, the sacrificial system was a form of worship). Until we learn to actually put others first, we will never really understand why Yeshua (Jesus) picked out only the widow woman, giving all she had to live on, as opposed to all the others giving at the Temple (Mark 12:42-43).

    In summary, the verses in Phil.2:3-4 do indeed include speech (and writing) as you point out so well, but it also includes physical action that may cost us.

    And I love the way way you ended your post in those last two paragraphs. Summed up in your words, “We must begin to practice the art of honoring and respecting every human regardless of their physical appearance and circumstances [and social status].”

    – Yosef

    • laurabon says:

      Thanks a lot for the very insightful contribution. So true, we must go out of our way to be charitable and give the very best – that is true worship. Love must be sincere in every aspect – thoughts, speech and action. Blessings ❤️❤️❤️🙏

  5. Loving His Word! IT IS WRITTEN KJBible: Phil 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. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”

  6. Amen!! Love it

  7. Yes, that is true.

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