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Paul wrote the following lines in his letter to the saints (Christians)

living in Philippi (in North-Eastern Greece/Macedonia today).


If you have any encouragement from being united with

Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship

with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then

make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the

same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing

out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility

consider others better than yourselves. Each of you

should look not only to your own interests, but also to

the interests of others.


Your attitude should be the same as that of

Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,

did not consider equality with God

something to be grasped,

but made himself nothing,

taking the very nature of a servant,

being made in human likeness.


And being found in appearance as a man,

he humbled himself

and became obedient to death-

even death on a cross !


Therefore God exalted him to the highest place

and gave him the name that is above every name,

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.


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, for it is God who works in you to will and

to act according to his good purpose.


Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that

you may become blameless and pure, children of God

without fault in a crooked and depraved generation,

in which you shine like stars in the universe

as you hold out the word of life

Philippians Chapter 2 Verses 1 to 16a (NIV)


... the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,

patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

gentleness and self-control.


Against such things there is no law.

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the

sinful nature with its passions and desires.


Since we live by the Spirit,

let us keep in step with the Spirit.


Let us not become conceited,

provoking and envying each other.

Galatians 5:22-26 (NIV)


Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall

trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or

nakedness or danger or sword? ...

in all these things we are more than conquerors

through him who loved us.


For I am convinced that

neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,

neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,

neither height nor depth,

nor anything else in all creation,

will be able to separate us from the love of God

that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:35, 37-39 (NIV)


We do well to read and recall Matthew 18:21-35

where Jesus tells us a parable about forgiveness. God has forgiven us an enormous debt, and we should be so grateful that we ought to have no difficulty forgiving others their tiny debts to us.

 "Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents* was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, 

the master ordered that he and his wife and his children 

and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 

"The servant fell on his knees before him. 

'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.' 

The servant's master took pity on him, cancelled the debt and let him go.

 "But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who 

owed him a hundred denarii**. He grabbed him and began to choke him. 

'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded. 
 "His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 

'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.' 
"But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. 

"Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 

'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 

Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' 

In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, 

until he should pay back all he owed. 

"This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you 

unless you forgive your brother from your heart." 
Matthew 18:22-35 (NIV)  
* Ten thousand Talents is equivalent to $10,000,000 today - we are all like this debtor, before God ** 100 denarii is equivalent to $2 today - our neighbours owe us this comparatively small amount.


It is not 'good' people who will get into heaven, but bad people -

people who have asked for and received God's forgiveness.

Then Jesus told this story to some who had

great self-confidence and scorned everyone else:


"Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a dishonest tax collector. The proud Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: 'I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else, especially like that tax collector over there! For I never cheat, I don't sin, I don't commit adultery, I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.'

"But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying,

'O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.'


I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God.

For the proud will be humbled, but the humble will be honoured."
Luke 18:9-14 (NLT)  

Jesus taught us to pray:



may your name be honoured.

May your Kingdom come soon.

Give us our food day by day.

And forgive us our sins--

just as we forgive those who have sinned against us.

And don't let us yield to temptation."

Luke 11:2-4 (NLT)


Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly

loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness,

humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other

and forgive whatever grievances you may have against

one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over

all these virtues put on love, which binds them

all together in perfect unity.

Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV)

Jesus taught us:

So you also, when you have done everything you were

told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants;

we have only done our duty.'"

Luke 17:10 (NIV)


For we do not have a high priest who is unable to

sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who

has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet

was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of

grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy

and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:15-16 (NIV)


For you have been born again, not of perishable seed,

but of imperishable, through the living and enduring

word of God. For,

"All men are like grass,

and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;

the grass withers and the flowers fall,

but the word of the Lord stands forever."


And this is the word that was preached to you.

1 Peter 1:23-25 (NIV)


Jesus answered,

"It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone,

but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"

Matthew 4:4 (NIV)


Although I am less than the least of all God's people,

this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles

the unsearchable riches of Christ,

Ephesians 3:8 (NIV)


Then Jesus came to them and said,

"All authority in heaven and on earth

has been given to me.


Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,

baptizing them in the name

of the Father

and of the Son

and of the Holy Spirit,

and teaching them to obey

everything I have commanded you.

And surely I am with you always,

to the very end of the age."

Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)


Yet I am always with you;

you hold me by my right hand.

You guide me with your counsel,

and afterward you will take me into glory.

Psalm 73:23-24 (NIV)

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