Day 26: Dare to Walk in Humility and Grace Toward Others
We live in a very selfish, me first society. Everything revolves around self and putting our own needs before others. Fame, fortune, and power are all about building up our own lives and getting ahead of everyone else, no matter the risk, no matter how many people we hurt along the way. This is not how we should be going about our lives. As a matter of fact, we are called to do the exact opposite.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, (Philippians 2:3)
Jesus was the epitome of a selfless person. He humbled himself, being made human, suffering through temptations, humiliation, death of friends, being crucified himself to save us all, knowing that we would not all come to know Him. If our lives are supposed to mirror His, why are we so inwardly focused?
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death- even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:5-8)
I can guarantee that you will become a happier, more pleasant person when you begin putting others’ needs before your own. You don’t have to make a grand gesture, just doing something small and meaningful to someone can turn their whole day around and affect them in ways you couldn’t imagine. In turn, it will make you feel good knowing you brightened someone’s day and seeing a smile on their face.
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
(1 Peter 5:5-8)
As a prisoner for the LORD, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
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