If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. 3 Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. 4 Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Christ’s Humility and Exaltation
5 Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God,
did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage.
7 Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, 8 He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross.
9 For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name
that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow— of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth—
11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Lights in the World
12 So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose. 14 Do everything without grumbling and arguing, 15 so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world. 16 Hold firmly to the message of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn’t run or labor for nothing. 17 But even if I am poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 In the same way you should also be glad and rejoice with me.
Luke 14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
1 Dishonest scales are detestable to the Lord, but an accurate weight is His delight.
2 When pride comes, disgrace follows, but with humility comes wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the perversity of the treacherous destroys them.
4 Wealth is not profitable on a day of wrath, but righteousness rescues from death.
5 The righteousness of the blameless clears his path, but the wicked person will fall because of his wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright rescues them, but the treacherous are trapped by their own desires.
7 When the wicked man dies, his expectation comes to nothing,
and hope placed in wealth vanishes.
8 The righteous one is rescued from trouble; in his place, the wicked one goes in.
9 With his mouth the ungodly destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous are rescued.
10 When the righteous thrive, a city rejoices, and when the wicked die, there is joyful shouting.
11 A city is built up by the blessing of the upright, but it is torn down by the mouth of the wicked.
12 Whoever shows contempt for his neighbor lacks sense, but a man with understanding keeps silent.
13 A gossip goes around revealing a secret, but a trustworthy person keeps a confidence.
14 Without guidance, people fall, but with many counselors there is deliverance.
15 If someone puts up security for a stranger, he will suffer for it,
but the one who hates such agreements is protected.
16 A gracious woman gains honor, but violent men gain only riches.
17 A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings disaster on himself.
18 The wicked man earns an empty wage, but the one who sows righteousness, a true reward.
19 Genuine righteousness leads to life, but pursuing evil leads to death.
20 Those with twisted minds are detestable to the Lord, but those with blameless conduct are His delight.
21 Be assured that the wicked will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will escape.
22 A beautiful woman who rejects good sense is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.
23 The desire of the righteous turns out well, but the hope of the wicked leads to wrath.
24 One person gives freely, yet gains more; another withholds what is right,
only to become poor.
25 A generous person will be enriched, and the one who gives a drink of water
will receive water.
26 People will curse anyone who hoards grain, but a blessing will come to the one who sells it.
27 The one who searches for what is good finds favor, but if someone looks for trouble, it will come to him.
28 Anyone trusting in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage.
29 The one who brings ruin on his household will inherit the wind,
and a fool will be a slave to someone whose heart is wise.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, but violence takes lives.
31 If the righteous will be repaid on earth, how much more the wicked and sinful.
“This Is The Day That The Lord Has Made”