Do you know people that irritate you? Do you have some friends or family members that you find annoying? No, these are not trick questions, just honest ones. The Holy Spirit wrote the Bible to help you deal with irritating, annoying people. And, as always, God's answers are not our answers. The church in Philippi was having some people problems. So, Paul wrote a letter to address their concerns. There is much for us to consider in Philippians about relationships. But, I just want to focus on one point today.
God wants you to consider the irritating, annoying people in your life as being more significant, more important than you are. Now, obeying God's command to do this will not, necessarily, make these individuals less irritating. I can hear someone saying, "Oh great! I obey God, but I am still stuck with the irritation."
Let me put this in context. Let's say the president of the company you work for is an irritating individual. In addition let's say that one of the maintenance crew is also irritating. Is there a difference in the way you respond to these individuals?You might well be grumpy towards the maintenance worker, but would you also be grumpy towards the company president? The response is no, I wouldn't be grumpy with company president. Why? "Well, isn't obvious, he is the one who hires and fires. He may be irritating, but he is more significant."
Now you understand the strength of Paul's argument, "Consider others more significant than yourselves." You wouldn't fuss at the company president, but at the maintenance worker, why not!