Esteem Others Highly

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).

Maybe you read this verse and immediately thought, “I can’t do this. There are some people I just don’t think very highly of.” I want to encourage you today. You can do what God says you can do because He freely gives you the grace to do it.

He has made an unlimited amount of grace available to you. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (NIV). Receive an extra dose of His grace today, and He will enable you to esteem others better than yourself. Hallelujah!

Jesus said, “A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34, NIV). In order for you to love others as Christ loved you, you must first understand the love Jesus has for you. He esteems you so highly, that He willingly gave Himself up for you. He separated Himself from the Father and became poor so that you might live eternally. I am floored by His love for us!

God has given every believer the potential to love others in this same way. Romans 5:5 says, “For God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us” (AMP). Valuing others higher than you do yourself is only made possible by the unconditional love shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Spirit. We must tap into that supply by faith.

My prayer is that you will honor those you are in relationship with. Do not use people for personal gain or self-promotion. Humbly respect others, and show them the love of God through your words and actions.

Romans 12:10 — Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves (NIV).

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