Sunday, December 10, 2017

Brother's Keeper - Considerate

Have you ever thought of a time in your life whereby your position in society, ministerial gift/ office, etc. had a negative influence on you? That was not the case with Paul.

Paul’s Plea for Onesimus – Philemon 1:8-9
Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus.
Emphasis mine

Paul did not allow his position as an apostle to have a negative influence on how he treated others. Rather, fully conscious of his place, position and influence, he was very considerate on how he treated people. He allowed himself to be guided by love - yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love (vs 9a).

Philippians 2:3-5 (NIV)
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.

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