Week 1. Thursday: The Value in Others
PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.
READ: Philippians 2:3
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words
Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words.
Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean.
Snapshot: The bible points to humility as the solution to many of our flaws. Instead of doing things at the expense of or to impress others we should do things to elevate others. Timothy Keller in his book The Art of Self-Forgetfulness defines humility as “not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.” Paul is not calling us to neglect who we are but to spend less time chasing after things that only benefit us in order to see the value and worth in others.
Takeaway: We tend to be very forgiving, understanding, patient with our own flaws but are quick to be offended, hurt and short-tempered with the flaws of others. This type of mindset is not one that values, or counts, others above self.
APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?
Read the following passages: Proverbs 11:2; 18:12; 22:4; 29:23; James 3:13; 4:10; Colossians 3:12; 1 Peter 5:5. Why do you think God puts such a high value on humility? Can you find other verses on humility?
Read Mark 10:43-44. How does this example differ from your approach to life?
Take the humility test. A truly humble person is not devastated by criticism, nor do they ignore it. A truly humble person sees criticism as an opportunity to change. How do you handle criticism? The next time your are criticized take note of how you handle it.
PRAY: Ask God to reveal to you areas where you are prideful and look down on others.