“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” (Philippians 2: 3)
It’s all about love–respect, true awareness, and selflessness. It’s about approaching all that we do with the intention of valuing another with more thought and loving care than we would ourselves. It means we give up with grateful joy that drive to compete for our good, prove ourselves better than everyone else, and to judge others as less deserving.
Striving for achievement and recognition without regard for others is never going to get us true success and the honest contentment we deserve. Love is the law, the power, the reason. The thought focused too much on self is always missing an opportunity to utilize that wonderful love that is truly so natural to us–an active love that is not only healing but also the true mark of and method for our success. To love selflessly is to be our true selves, and it shows our devotion to God. It gives up the human will that would so often lead us into disappointment and gloom, and releases us to God’s loving intention.
Let’s be humble in our approach to life. Let’s recognize each other as God’s own ideas, and honor all men as better than ourselves—more deserving of our goodness, our affection, our generosity. This doesn’t mean that we are to demean ourselves, to believe that we are not really as good as another. What it does mean is that by our genuine goodness and loving-kindness, we prove without argument that we are truly sons and daughters of God, the offspring of that divine Love which always fully, unconditionally, impartially loves us, one and all.
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