ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 241

Phili p p ia n s
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? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly
with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind
and purpose.
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of
others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
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,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you.
And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show
the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what
pleases him.
Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can
criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like
bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly
to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that
I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. But I will
rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God,
just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to
share that joy. Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy.

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