Posted by: Chris Avery | June 20, 2008

Be Like Christ

Philippians 2

   1Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,

   2make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.

   3Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;

   4do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

   5Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

   6who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,

   7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

   8Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

   9For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

   10so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

   11and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

   12So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;

   13for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

   14Do all things without grumbling or disputing;

   15so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,

   16holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

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