What a wonderful attitude!

Phil 2:2-13
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.
Therefore, my dear friends. . .  continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. NIV

Here lies wisdom for a Saturday mourning, as I work out my salvation with fear and trembling.  The Spirit of God who lives in me is working.  And what is He doing?  He is loving me and encouraging me to will (make choices) and to act according to His good purpose.  And what is a good starting point?  Well, the Scripture says my attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.  I should think appropriately about who I am and not favor myself as one who is somehow better than others.  Pride, it seems to me,  is always a good starting point.

Pride

a teaching rhyme                                                                    by Jerry Collier

What makes the devil the devil is pride.
It’s an anti-god state of mind.
When I take pleasure in who I am,
Above the rest of mankind.

Pride is self-regard taken too far.
It comes before the fall.                                                    Prov. 16:18
Think of yourself as you really are. . .
Or don’t think of yourself at all![1]

The Holy One’s image I should reflect
And mirror for all to see,
But pride reverses as one would expect;
And the image becomes . . . . well . . . . Me!


[1] Of course we all think of ourselves, but humility requires that we not think of ourselves in comparison to others in order to elevate ourselves.
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