“Stop fighting!” These words basically sum up what the Apostle Paul is saying to two specific ladies in the church at Philippi. His theme of teaching throughout the book of Philippians has been for the church to have unity through humility for the sake of the gospel.
A divided and strife filled church is fertile territory for Satan to sow seeds of discord and reap a harvest of sin and destruction. Therefore we must guard our hearts against selfish ambition and diligently strive to live the words of Philippians 2:1-4. Let us consider others better than ourselves. Let us look out for the interests of others above our own. In doing so we will fulfill the greatest commandment which is “to love your neighbor as yourself” (Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8).
This is a hard teaching with is counter to our natural selfishness. We must pray for a continual filling of the Holy Spirit to practice this type of neighbor love through humility. When we do, Christ is glorified and doors are opened to share the gospel.
So what about you? Are you ticked’ at someone for something? Repent of your anger and be reconciled. Humble yourself and consider that person better than you. Start looking out for their interests above your own. Seek help from other members of your church to pray for you and help you.
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10).
Part 2 to come later this week….
Blessings in Christ,