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Play Nicely

November 17, 2018

In order to get along with others we need to learn to play nicely. Yes, the lessons we should have learned in kindergarten still hold true. Today’s cultural sense of entitlement is a fabrication of the enemy. We are expected to act, do and be better than the world, because we have Jesus in our world.

Philippians‬ ‭2:1-4‬ ‭MSG‬‬
“If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care —then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.”
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When we have Jesus in our lives, that means we should be trying our best to be our best selves. Being willing to put our best foot forward is half the battle. We can become more intentional and well intentioned about our behavior.
We can work at being helpful instead of hindering others (and that other someone is often ourselves). Being kind, joyful, friendly and courteous doesn’t really take much effort, but the rewards are staggering. When we have Jesus as a positive role model in our lives, our joy in the Lord will eventually outweigh any false entitlement issues that we might carry. After all, the only thing any of us is really entitled to is death; praise Jesus for His mercy and grace that reclaims us from that darkness and brings us into His light.  

 

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