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  • Philippians 2:1-13

    Imitate Christ

    Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort in love, any sharing in the Spirit, any sympathy, complete my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, being united, and agreeing with each other. Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves. Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others. Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus:

    Though he was in the form of God,
            he did not consider being equal with God something to exploit.
    But he emptied himself
            by taking the form of a slave
            and by becoming like human beings.
    When he found himself in the form of a human,
            he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
            even death on a cross.
    Therefore, God highly honored him
            and gave him a name above all names,
    10     so that at the name of Jesus everyone
            in heaven, on earth, and under the earth might bow
    11         and every tongue confess
                that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    Carry out your salvation

    12 Therefore, my loved ones, just as you always obey me, not just when I am present but now even more while I am away, carry out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 God is the one who enables you both to want and to actually live out his good purposes.