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Today, our scripture readings take us to one of my (Jay) most favorite scriptures in the bible, Philippians 2:1-11. The first time I was really introduced to these words was my first mission trip as a student. We we're told to memories these verses, and to remember them as we prepared for and entered the mission field. We we're told that as we think about what it looks like to love and minister to others, these words are powerful reminders of how Jesus came to love and serve.
These verses have stayed with me ever since. We often quote parts of these verses as we remind our kids how they are to, "consider others better then themselves..." As you read these verses with your spouse today, think about how love and ministry impacts not just your marriage but your family.
- Paul begins by attempting to unite believers by being "like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind." If Paul was sitting with you right now, how would you respond to him. Are you like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind?
- To do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. What does that mean for your marriage as you think about the roles of husband and wife?
- In verse 5, Paul says specifically, "In YOUR relationships with one another, have the same mindset of Christ Jesus," then lays down a huge statement of how Jesus lived and died. In light of these words, is there any room for improvement in how each of you loves and cares for each other, and the others in your family?
A Prayer for Both of You
Gracious and loving Father, who spared not your son, but gave him willingly to make grace possible for us, we pray and ask that you would help us live the way that Jesus lived, as humble servants, laying aside our own ambitions, and picking up the cares of those around. Help us to love each other, finding joy in the shared heart and mind that comes from Christ, through his Spirit. We pray this in Jesus name, Amen
Remember, you can add to this prayer time by praying for the needs and asks that you have for your relationship and family.
Now Go and Be Together
Something incredible happens when we step outside of our self to put someone else interest and needs before our own. This week, as you finish the 8 day challenge, be on the look out for specific ways that you can deepen the intimacy of your relationship by taking on the mindset of Jesus Christ, and becoming a humble servant.
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