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The most perfect example we have of #humility is found in Jesus.

Philippians 2:5 “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus….”

To what “mind” is Paul referring in this verse? He answered that question in verse 2, “Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” In other words, Paul’s goal is unity in the church, which he said in verses 3 and 4 is accomplished in selfless humility. Now Paul is giving us the supreme example by which we can attain this Christian unity—Jesus Christ. Understand that we cannot emulate Christ’s deity. We cannot copy His incarnation. We cannot perform His miracles or live His perfection. However, we can pattern our lives after His humility. Indeed He is our supreme example and model for this life, most especially in His humble service of others. After washing His disciples’ feet in the upper room, Jesus said, “Do you understand what I have done for you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” (John 13:12b-15) In the next few verses, Paul is going to explain exactly why we must look to the example given us by the King of kings as we live together in His name while on this earth, an example ensconced in perfect humility.

Study/Meditation: In your opinion, how important is unity among believers? Why does Paul stress it so heavily?

*Father, help me to be humble in both my attitude and my actions toward others. Thank You, Jesus, for giving me the perfect example of how to do this. Amen.