2 1-4 If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
5-8 Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human!Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
Today's "Insight for Living" devotional was awesome. It told a story about putting aside political differences to help another in need.
I certainly can't commentate on these verses like the great Chuck Swindoll. He is definitely one of my favorites. But these verses, especially in the Message are so important for everyone to hear. One of the most significant barriers to the lost turning to Jesus is "Hypocrisy". Has Jesus changed us? Can we set aside differences to help each other. Do we think to highly of ourselves?
Our Society, me included, are so selfish. WE need to be more like Christ. We need to serve others, selflessly, and with pure love. Thank you Lord for your love even when we fail!