21 For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
I really do need to do a better job of not doing things to please myself, especially if they are not what pleases Christ. I also need to live my life according to what God has planned for me, instead of trying to look out for my own interests and do what I want to do, regardless of what God's wants. When I do that, I always end up disappointed and hurt, but I still end up doing my own thing anyway. How stupid is that?
29 Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him, 30 because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me.
Here, Paul is talking about a man named, Epaphroditus. Here you see a man who almost died, for the work of Christ. Paul is saying to honor men lie him and hold men lie him in high esteem. How often do we as Christians, see other Christians who are on fire for God and are carrying on the works of God, and ministering to people in his name? How often do we esteem them? Or do we bad mouth them and talk about how they are "too Christian" and we think they are going to be the uptight judgemental types? When Christians put other Christians down because they have a stronger Christian walk, we need to hang out heads in shame, and quit being jealous that our own Christian walk is not as strong. We need to look up to these Christians and hold them in high esteem, instead of tear them down, and bad mouth them behind their backs. This is not showing Christian love. We need to learn from these Christians, so our own Christian walk grows stronger. I usually don't have a problem with this, but I am very bothered by it.
My Prayer: That I live according what God wants for my life instead of what I want.
I pray I don't end up becoming "Christian basher."
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- My Bible Journal: Phillipians 2:16-30