Imitating Christ’s Humility

I know this is a little later in the day than I have been posting these, but here is my follow-up from last week’s post!

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:1-11

There are not only denominational differences, regional differences, and even congregational differences, but it is very difficult to even find one or two other people who believe exactly the way we do as individuals on every little thing (theologically, biblically, socially, and habitually).

We need to stop assuming we are right about everything, or at least more right than everyone else. Unless someone is flat-out heretical and/or blasphemous, we can still get along with our differences.

Therefore, how can we fulfill what Paul (and God!) has commanded us here? How can we be “like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose?” With another quote:

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
Matthew 22:37-39

Seek out and love God, then seek out and love on people. Show God’s love. Indiscriminately.

I have friends who are Calvinist, Arminian, Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Presbyterian, charismatic, fundamentalist, “free-thinking” (I honestly still have no idea what that is really supposed to mean!), non-denominational, denominational, institutional, etcetera …

We get along for one important reason: We love God so much that our differences seem like nothing.

We each reach out to others in God’s love for one important reason: We know that God loves us first.

I dare you to try it.

  1. Wow this hurt and was a spiritual eye awakening at the same time. I’ll be honest and say this is still an area of improvement for me right now. Glad to see I have transparent Christlike friends in my corner again:-)

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    • I am glad it could help, and honestly we are all pretty much in the same boat. I know very few people who actively live this out. If only we could all do it! Lord Jesus, help us!

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    • catholicboyrichard
    • January 24th, 2012

    As usual, beautiful words from a beautiful new friend in Christ! God bless and thanks for sharing from the “Catholic corner” on your list! Obviously I am Catholic because I believe there is something within the great Tradition of 2000 years that is worth investigating.

    Just as obviously, though, must be the fact that, as you said, there are real believers, sisters and brothers, within all groups who espouse historic Christiainity. And that basic connectedness transcends those differences of perception or understanding we often do have. Do we love Jesus Christ as our Lord and then love our neighbor as ourselves? That is where it ultimately starts–and finishes.

    The rest are tiny steps and growing together along a sometimes treacherous but always Spirit-led journey in Faith. Your words (based upon His Word) are a breath of His fresh air along the path. We can absolutely dialogue about our differences, but never let them separate us from the love we have for one another. We forget this too, too often.

    Take care brother Dan!

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  2. a) Sorry for the long-coming reply! Busy seems to have a way of cropping up!
    b) Your comments are always welcome, because you have such great insights! It is amazing how easily we lose sight of what God’s “good, pleasing, and perfect will” is (Romans 12:2, NIV). He has told us plainly! Love God, love others! We are to take care of each other and love each other because of the love of God. Period. Instead, we squabble over who is more right or wrong. (The Bible even speaks to that! Such as Titus 3:9)

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      • catholicboyrichard
      • January 29th, 2012

      Thank you Dan!!! We are kindred spirits, by the same Holy Spirit. God bless you.

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