Philippians 2:3 – Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself (NKJV).
The love of God is humble, and humility is produced in the person who keeps himself in proper perspective. Only when we think of ourselves soberly are we enabled to value others better than we do ourselves.
Unfortunately, many people have an unhealthy “love” for themselves. They either love themeselves too much, or not enough. So rather than valuing others highly, they stereotype and walk over them, or they treat them as inferior.
But the love of God does not use people for its own personal benefit. People are not numbers or stepping stones, nor are they to be used to make us look better. They are the reason Jesus willingly gave up His life. Treat them as He did.
Put the needs of others above your own today. Consider others based on how much they’re worth to God, not on how much or how little they’re worth to you. Love meets needs while trusting God for its own.
Romans 12:3 – Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment (NIV).
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