What Does Philippians 2:3 Mean?

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;

Philippians 2:3(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

There are certain threats that are common to all Christian churches that are identified at Philippi. One is the infiltration of false teachers whose outward appearance is that of a gentle lamb but inwardly are ravening wolves seeking to shed blood, destroy souls, and accumulate dishonest gain - and we are instructed to identify such teachers by their bitter fruit. The second problem is internal division, which endangers the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace and love - between believers.

Paul antidote to most of the difficulties in Christian communion is to be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and doing nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit - but rather, in humility of heart valuing each other above ourselves.

These are simple instruction, but how difficult to achieve when 'King Self' is sitting on the throne of ones life. Humility of spirit, gentleness of disposition, love for each other and joy in the Lord are all the fruit of the Spirit, which burst forth in a life that is centred in Christ.

Let us love one another, for love is of God.. and he who loves as Christ loved us is born of God and know Him. Paul's earnest cry at the end of His life was, that I may know Christ - let this be our earnest desire today and for the rest of our lives.

My Prayer

Father, it is my desire to do nothing out of selfish motives or ungodly incentives, but rather I pray that I may in humility of heart, value others above myself, to Your praise and glory. Help me to value the needs and concerns of another more than my own and keep me humble in heart and low at the cross - in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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