I. Stop trying to please everyone
A. We must please God (Psalm 147:11; Hebrews 13:15-16; Romans 12:1-2)
B. This will upset some people (Galatians 1:10)
II. Give up the fear of change
A. Paul’s attitude toward change (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
B. The early church’s response to change (Acts 8)
III. Don’t live in the past
A. Have you been forgiven? (Philippians 3:13-14; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 John 2:1-2; 1 Peter 2:1-3)
B. Forgive others (Matthew 6:14-15)
IV. Stop over-thinking and worrying
A. Seek God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness (Matthew 6:25-34)
B. Turn to Him when you struggle (Philippians 4:6-7)
V. Don’t doubt yourself and put yourself down
A. You are: chosen, royal, and holy! (1 Peter 2:9)
B. He has given us power, love, and a sound mind! (2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 1:16-17; Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:7; Ephesians 3:4; 2 Peter 1:3)
Day 98/260: Read Philippians 2
Paul writes in Romans 12:8-10, “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
Isn’t it interesting that this same inspired apostle also bases the doctrine of unity within the church on love as well? In the second chapter of Philippians, as he addresses the importance of “being of one accord, of one mind,” look at what that is based on: “having the same love.”
And he is not addressing some pie-in-the-sky ideal. He is urging them to seek after that unity in a very practical way: by esteeming each other as better than self, and by looking out for the interests of others.
We will not agree on everything in matters of opinion, but if we keep in mind that opinions don’t really matter in the long run, and things don’t always have to be my way, we can achieve this divine unity that is commanded in the Scriptures.
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
Philippians 2:4. Let each of you look out not only for his __________ interests, but also for the interests of __________.
Pray for Biblical unity based on love in the local church.
I. THE HUMILITY OF CHRIST (Philippians 2:5-8)
A. Who is Jesus? (Isaiah 9:6; 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:4)
B. Why did He come? To accomplish the will of God (Matthew 26:39,42; 1 Peter 2:18-23)
C. The result of Christ’s humility: God exalted Him (Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Peter 5:5-6; James 4:10)
II. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “HUMBLE YOURSELF”?
A. The example of Christ: serving (John 13:3-17)
B. The struggles of the apostles (Mark 10:35-45)
III. THE BLESSINGS OF HUMILITY
A. God will lift you up (James 4:10)
B. God will guide and teach you (Psalm 25:9; Jeremiah 10:23)
C. God will give you grace (Proverbs 3:34; 1 Peter 5:5; Luke 18:9-14)
D. Humility is accompanied by wisdom (Proverbs 11:2)
E. Humility is honorable (Proverbs 16:18-19; 29:23)