Re:Verse reading–Philippians 2:1-11 (day seven)
“Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”–v 4.
When Paul thought about unity,he realized pride is always the problem.
When he thought about pride, he realized SELFishness is the way it usually presents. Proud people aren’t always arrogant, just SELF-centered.
So, Paul taught the Philippians to look after the interests of others. To care “for their things” (literal translation). To develop (and practice) the ability to listen to what others are saying.
Like opposing sides in an angry protest, we often shout our opinions without any real attempt to hear what others are saying, feel what they are feeling, value what they are valuing.
“Many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request”–Phillip Stanhope. “Big egos have little ears”–Robert Schuller.
You, my brother? How are you doing on God’s assignment to look after the things of others?