if his love has made any difference in your life,
if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you,
if you have a heart,
if you care
—then do me a favor:
Agree with each other,
love each other,
be deep-spirited friends.
Don’t push your way to the front;
don’t sweet-talk your way to the top.
Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.
Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage.
Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself.
but didn’t think so much of himself
that he had to cling
to the advantages of that status
no matter what.
Not at all.
When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity
and took on the status of a slave, became human !
Having become human, he stayed human.
It was an incredibly humbling process.
He didn’t claim special privileges.
Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
Philippians 2:1-8 MSG