September 13, 2020
Passage: Philippians 2:1-5

Human conflict and fighting is a very discouraging reality. We long for peaceful and harmonious relationships with others, yet we often find ourselves in the middle of conflicts with others. Why are peaceful relationships so difficult to achieve? The Bible teaches that every human being is subject to a spirit of rivalry which leads us to be competitive, resentful and jealous. Behind this spirit of rivalry is vain conceit, which literally means empty glory. Every human being operates out of a place of emptiness which leads us to desperately seek the approval of others so that we can feel valued and important. This spirit of rivalry empowered by the spiritual condition of being empty of glory is responsible for all the conflict and strife in our world and in our lives. Only when we understand that Jesus willingly emptied Himself of glory so that His glory could come into our lives will we be able to overcome this spirit of rivalry.