In this lab, John Piper shows us that love does not step on others, but neither does it step away from our joy to serve and sacrifice for them.
Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 2:3–4:
- Should the promise of reward ever factor into our love for others? In other words, is a desire to be rewarded by God for loving a neighbor really loving my neighbor? Why or why not?
- Does Jesus think that the Philippians 2:3–4 lifestyle should be motivated by offers of heavenly reward? Compare your answer with texts like Luke 6:35 and Matthew 5:16.
- What rewards can you seek to believe this week as you fight to love others well?
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Principle for Bible Reading
Rephrase to Children
Putting the verse in our own words is a great way to see whether we have clarity as to what we thought the author was communicating. Translating it into language that a child could understand helps clarify our thought as well as gives us practice with sharing God’s word with our children.