Devotions for March 17, 2016

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Philippians 2:1-11

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

6 Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
8 he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: What does vs. 3 say should never have any influence over what we do or why we do it?Does vs. 3 give us an alternative to this thinking?

Q: Do you tend to see yourself as most significant? What would it look like for you to adopt the “mind of Christ” that we see in vs. 5-8?

Q: Do you see the gospel in this passage? How does seeing what Jesus did for us clearly in this passage affect how we relate to others on a daily basis?

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