The pride of life stands in our way if we truly seek to be servants of God. It is the arrogance that separates us from others and limits our effectiveness in the kingdom. The pride of life comes not from the Father, but from the world > Here is the essence of the pride of life—anything that exalts us above our station and offers the illusion of God-like qualities, wherein we boast in arrogance and worldly wisdom
The world is motivated by self and the aggrandizement of self, the all-about-me syndrome, which is identified by self-determination, self-obsession and self-worship. The motivation of Christians is supposed to be exactly the opposite of what motivates unbelievers = For one thing, our sense of motivation or inspiration comes from God, not from the things of the world. No matter what unexpected disruptions, frustrations, or difficulties come our way, we are to respond with a Christlike attitude thus standing firm and striving for the faith *https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Phil%202.5
This teaches us that, when we become preoccupied with our own things, it can cause conflicts and other problems with people we know. Instead, God wants us to have an attitude of serious, caring involvement in the concerns of others *https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Phil%202.3-4* In other words, the attitude one should reflect is the one that focuses on the needs and interests of others > Without question, that does not come naturally to us = Many religions of today, including the New Age philosophies, promote the old lie that we are divine or that we can become gods. But the truth of the matter is that we will never become God, or even a god *https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Gen%203.5*
Finally, we must always keep in mind that God’s ultimate goal for His children is not our comfort, but the transformation of our minds into the attitude of godliness. He wants us to grow spiritually, to become like Christ > This doesn’t mean losing our personalities or becoming mindless clones = Christlikeness is all about transforming our minds *https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Rom%2012.2*
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