WHEN I WAS A CHILD "Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:1-4)
Paul was saying in these verses that our relationship with other Christians is so important. That is being others centered and not self centered. This is our state when we are born into the world. When we are babies life is all about us, what we need, what we want, and if we do not get it everyone hears about it around us. Everything is about what makes me feel good.
“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, and reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I no longer used childish ways.” (1Corinthians 13:11)
Something happens to a healthy person as they grow up, they realize they are not the center of the universe and that everything does not revolve around them. Philippians 2:1-4 is a description of a maturing Christian.
There is nothing worse to deal with than some one who has refused to grow up. It is still all about what they want and when they don't get there way everyone knows about it.
As Christians we should be growing up in God, maturing in our relationships with other, and putting away childish ways of interacting with each other. I hate it when I see myself at times still acting like a child in my relationships with others.
Father God we are so immature some times in how we interact with others. We still want to make it all about ourselves. So Father help us to grow up in our relationships with others and in how we relate to you. In Jesus name amen.