Do not seek your own interest, but rather that of others. Philippians 2:4
Paul was in prison when he wrote the letter to the Philippians. He taught and argued so forcefully in this real letter, more personal, considerate and tender to the community which always showed him the most love. His hope for the Philippians was that God who began such a good work in them would complete it in the day of Jesus Christ. To have good criteria for everything and be pure of heart and blameless.
Faith does not solve everything but to find new roads through the problems coming up everyday. In order to make progress, we need to reflect, to be attentive, what we call ” Revision of life ” to discover what is positive and negative in what makes up daily life, in our work relationships, social duties and entertainments. Thus Paul prayed for them that they may have love and generosity and faith, the Philippians believers were divided. Paul addressed everyone and gave them the secret of Christian life together : humility. He proposed the example of Christ : his path from God to man, from rich to poor, first to last, from master to servant. The Lord Jesus desired to identify with the most humble, the most afflicted, the most despised.
Such were Jesus’ attitudes and they must be those of his followers, the Christians. This is the guideline of a truly evangelical life in which we must be different from most people whose primary concerns are personal realization or apparently good ambitions which, in choosing the opposite path, Christ underrated. So do not seek your own interest, but rather that of others because the best way to forget one’s problems is to help someone solve his.
When we show concern for the happiness in others, we ultimately enhance the happiness in ourselves.