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Message of the Day: True Humility

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4, NKJV)

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In Philippians 2:1-4 Paul uses language commonly used in Greek homonia speeches, which advocated harmony and unity among the listeners.

In Galatians 5:20, selfishness is rendered “disputes” and listed among the deeds of the flesh. “Selfish ambition or conceit” are the mortal enemies of unity and harmony in the church. Humility is the source of Christian unity. This is the mind-set of the person who is not conceited but who has a right attitude toward himself. To regard “one another as more important then yourselves” does not mean that everyone else is superior or more talented, but that Christian love sees others as worthy of preferential treatment. Looking for our own “personal interests” is also proper but only if there is equal concern for the interests of others.

As believers we must never be opposed to each other; never act from separate interests; we are all brothers and sisters in Christ, therefore let everyone feel and work for the welfare of all. An in the exercise of our different functions, and in the use of our various talents and abilities, do nothing so as to promote our own reputation, separately considered from the comfort, honor, and advantage of all.

True humility is focusing on the the points that your fellow believer excels instead of focusing on those points in which you excel.


Keener, Craig S. The IVP Bible Background Commentary. New testament. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993.

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Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

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