1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,
2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Twice a month on Saturday evening, I attend a Recovery Group at our church. The men and women that attend are recovery from various addictions. The leader last night spoke about doing an inventory of our lives.
The inventory consists of four categories.
The first 3 was not difficult to list. The people that hurt me over the years, the results of the hurt, and the damage down in my life.
My Part was difficult. Having to go over my life and think if maybe I might have been somewhat to blame.
The speaker said that hurting people hurt people. That we want to lass out when being attacked.
And it never fails that Satan is their adding lots of coals to the hurt. Reminding us of things that happened in the past.
Many times I lost a true friend by not taking their kind and loving advice. I went into attach mode and was hurtful.
Many times we turn away from the only one that cares… We need to go back to Him and humbly ask for forgiveness and for Him to search are hearts….
Young's Literal Translation
We search our ways, and investigate, And turn back unto Jehovah.
The Lord Is My Strength
When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. The Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge. Psalms 94:18-19, 22