Just fill in the blank. What is the most important Bible verse regarding marriage? What about the most important Bible verse regarding parenting? How about the best verse for being an employee, a leader, or a member of a church family? We need God’s wisdom for all of these areas. We need it for every relationship we have. What would you say to me if I told you that there is ONE verse that is the best verse to go to in order to get God’s wisdom for EVERY single position we may find ourselves in and EVERY relationship that we have? You may think, “there just can’t be one ‘silver-bullet’ verse for them all!” But there is! That passage is Philippians 2:3-4:
"3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”
This is God’s wisdom and direction for Christians no matter where they are and no matter who they are dealing with. If you want to know how to get along with your spouse, your children, your brethren, and your worldly friends, remember this verse. If there is friction in one of your relationships, consider whether or not you are striving to obey this scripture. It will usually be the case that this passage helps us to see that WE unfortunately may be the reason why a relationship is not going well. This verse may show that we are being too selfish, and the “other guy” is not to blame for disagreements and disunity within our relationships.
What Paul commands us to do in this passage and its context is challenging. To be like Jesus is a high standard to shoot for, indeed. But God deserves nothing less after what He has done for us!
Go to this verse if you need help in your relationships. It will not let you down. It will always humble you and show you that you need to look for more ways to serve and be like Jesus.
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