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43. Radical in his humility.

"The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself will be exalted."( Matthew 23:11-12) While having the last Passover meal with his disciples, Jesus 'got up and took off his outer clothing and wrapped a towel around his waist ... and began to wash his disciple's feet, drying them the towel that was wrapped around him.' (John 13:4-5) Though being God incarnate, he could stoop so low, to wash the feet of men! That's being radical in his humility! 'Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him a name that is above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.' (Philippians 2:9-11) If God has humbled himself, shouldn't we his creation? "Now that I, your Lord and teacher have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet."(John 13:14) The practical implication of this instruction was interpreted by Paul as follows: 'Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not to your own interests but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.' (Philippians 2:3 -5) 'All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble". Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.' (1 Peter 5:5-6) Amen.

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