Be Like Christ
The apostle Paul outlined the integrity and strength believers should live by—the character of Christ:
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me [Paul] truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. (Philippians 2:1-5 NLT).
Christ-followers must think like Jesus and bear a resemblance of who he is. This may seem impossible unless you fully accept what Paul says here . . . for we have the mind of Christ (1Corinthians 2:16b NLT). In this manner, we will actually see the Father’s love when we take on this attitude, the mind of Christ.
In this letter, Paul encourages believers and builds them up. He strongly promotes unity in the love of Christ and tells how to do it:
- Love one another as Jesus does and he (Paul) taught them
- Be of the same mind and spirit
- Have one purpose – seek God’s best
Then Paul exhorts believers concerning things we too often miss or dismiss as “oh that’s not me.” He says we must do the hard stuff in order to . . . have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had (Philippians 2:1-5 NLT).
- Be humble – don’t let pride enter your daily life
- Be selfless – not selfish which too often is our thought process
- Be one who takes an interest in others – seek what others want too
In this manner, we will actually see the Father’s love when we take on the attitude, the mind of Christ.
Prayer: Father, I love that you show me what you desire. Keep me immersed in the light of your Word for true Life.