July 1: Relationships Like Jesus

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

(Philippians 2:5-7)

Relationships are hard. Whether it is friends, family, or romantic, we are told from the time we are young that relationships are give and take: if we are not receiving a certain amount of satisfaction or happiness, it is not worth it. It makes sense. It is easy to believe that our happiness is. But our Savior set an example that completely turns our ideas of relationship upside down. He served the ones who had nothing to give. He allowed himself to be abused for the glory of His Father. He didn’t have anything to call His own. He washed the dirty feet of the men who would soon deny Him. He emptied Himself for the good of others. I wonder what would happen if we did the same? If we shared the beauty of the Gospel rather than lashing out on anger. It isn’t easy, and it doesn’t always make sense. Yet Jesus calls us to live like Him and look like Him. Can we be up to the challenge?

Lord, I want to live by your example and your example alone. I want to pursue all relationships–even ones that might be harder than others. Help me look like you in every aspect of my life.

52 Weeek Reading Plan: Philippians 1-2

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