Friday, March 28, 2014

Have you considered - The Mind of Christ

Philippians 2:5 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) - " Have this mind in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus..."

Here Paul begins upon a short discourse on what is the mind of Christ. He gives us the impact of what we as believers should realize that we have. When we accepted Jesus Christ, we were given the Holy Spirit to live inside us. He is there to “… guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13 HCSB). He is able to give us the mind of Christ, if we are willing to let Him work in us.
Some believe that this is an early hymn that was sung by the Christian Church. They say it is made up of two stanzas – verses 6-8 (Christ’s humility), and verses 9-11 (Christ’s exaltation).
Paul teaches that the mind of Christ is one of humility. In another prison letter, Ephesians chapter 4, Paul stated, “Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received…” just as he is calling the Philippian believers to do this in the mind of Christ. He goes on to say, “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope at your calling — one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:1-6 HCSB)

How do we walk? With the mind of Christ, described as humble, gentle, patient, loving, and with unity.

When we have the mind of Christ, believers will not (1) assert their own virtues; (2) defend their own rights; (3) promote their own selfish issues; or (4) live for themselves.

Today, seek to apply the mind of Christ in all that you say and do. 

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