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Philippians 2:1-18 (New International Version)

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Imitating Christ's Humility

1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit,1 if any tenderness and compassion,2 2 then make my joy complete3 by being like-minded,4 having the same love, being one5 in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit,6 but in humility consider others better than yourselves.7 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.8 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:9 6 Who, being in very naturea God,10 did not consider equality with God11 something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing,12 taking the very natureb of a servant,13 being made in human likeness.14 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death15-- even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him16 to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,17 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,18 in heaven and on earth and under the earth,19 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,20 to the glory of God the Father.

Shining as Stars

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,21 13 for it is God who works in you22 to will and to act according to his good purpose.23 14 Do everything without complaining24 or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless25 and pure, children of God26 without fault in a crooked and depraved generation,27 in which you shine like stars in the universe 16 as you hold outc the word of life--in order that I may boast on the day of Christ28 that I did not run29 or labor for nothing.30 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering31 on the sacrifice32 and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.33 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
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