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Blesses Others

“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Philippians 2:1-4 (ESV)
Do you want to bless your pastor? Be humble. Pastor Paul said it would complete his joy (Phil. 2:2). And Hebrews expands on this same point:
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
Hebrews 13:17

It takes humility to submit, and that’s the very thing that will bring them joy. Incidentally, Hebrews 13:17 is the inspiration for where our connect cards come from. One day, in heaven, I’ll give an account of how I kept watch over the souls that God entrusted to my care. And who are they? The folks using connect cards … plus a few who don’t.
Do you want to bless your neighbor? Be humble. It’s how we esteem them more highly than ourselves (Phil. 2:3). When you humbly respect them, they’ll be blessed. Humility is also how we look out for their interests (Phil. 2:4). When we care for them, they’ll be blessed.

But what is humility?
Mr. Johnston has this to say:

“Considering others ahead of oneself and taking a position lower than what may be deserved is diametrically opposed to the philosophy of the world. And yet, humility is one of the most desirable virtues for Christians:
Isaiah the prophet summed up the significance of being humble before the Lord with these words: “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word”,
(Isa. 66:2)
Micah stated that God requires believers to walk humbly with Him,
(Mic. 6:8)
Jesus declared that humility is necessary in order to enter the kingdom of God,
(Matt. 18:3-4)
Both James and Peter quoted Proverbs 3:34, which emphasizes that God gives grace to those who are humble,
(James 4:61 Pet. 5:5).”
– Wendell G. Johnston, The Theological Wordbook

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