I’ve been watching other people’s behavior for a while now. As a writer, I think it’s part of my writer brain searching for characteristics to give my characters or the desire for story ideas. What I’ve seen breaks my heart.
Some people are walking around like they are better than “them.” You know, the person(s) who is unlike you in every way imaginable. Perhaps because they come from a different background, different class, or sin in a different way. Whatever the case, it seems we struggle to see another person as the same as us. Worthy of respect even.
We’re often quick to point out our differences in the desire to show the world how completely different they are from us. We want to create that distance (and often elevation) to show how much better we are. But is that what the Bible calls us to do?
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”
– Philippians 2:3 KJV
Yes, you read that correctly. Let’s take a moment to stop and reflect on this verse.
The Lord wants us to put another’s need above our own. To imagine the other person is better than ourselves. The verse continues to say,
“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…”
– Philippians 2:4-5 KJV
Just imagine how humanity would look like if every single person held this as true. For it is a characteristic that when held, makes us more Christ-like. And isn’t that what we desire?
Today, I challenge you to esteem others better than yourself. Before forming a retort during an argument, or Facebook post, or whatever inflammatory situation you find yourself in, esteem them as better. Watch how the situation dynamics change as well as your heart. Your actions will draw you closer to our Lord and Savior.