When two people enjoy the benefits of having the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5), we have the ability and wisdom to maintain a loving, peaceful and joyful relationship. We passionately pursue God’s will for both our lives each moment of every day.
When we seek the Lord together, we tap into His power and purpose for our association. We reject worldly pressures, viewpoints and values, and walk in the Spirit instead (Romans 12:2; Galatians 5:15-25). We consult the Lord and walk in God’s will for each moment of our day (Ephesians 2:10; Proverbs 3:5-8).
Jesus, fully man and fully God, helps us to see that humility, serving each other, and preferring one another above our self is God’s call on our life (Philippians 2:6-8). He showed us what is good, and what the Lord requires of us.
God calls us to live justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with Him (Micah 6:8). By God’s mercy, we present our body to Him as a living sacrifice. As our spiritual worship to Him, our life is progressively more holy and acceptable to Him (Romans 12:1).
We do not conform to this world’s philosophy and standards, but we allow God’s Spirit to transform us after Jesus’ example (Philippians 2:1-11). We live in His wisdom and power with His fruit replacing our carnality.
We adopt Jesus’ values, viewpoint and way of thinking as our own. Although Jesus was equal with God, He lived in obedience to our Father God during His whole life, including His death on Calvary’s cross (Philippians 2:6-8).
We also show our love to God by obeying His will for our life (John 14:15). We imitate Christ in our thoughts, which influences our emotions, behavior and spirituality.
We daily drink in the Word of God and apply it to our life, pray together with our spouse and/or family, actively listen to their needs and concerns, and focus on God’s will for us individually and collectively.
Other benefits of having the mind of Christ is that we slow down, live in the present rather than feeling shame over our past or fearing the future, actively listen to others, and love and care for people as Jesus did during His lifetime.
Father God, remind us that when we live in humility, not neglecting our self but not constantly putting our self first, our relationships improve and our witness to the world around us is amplified as we magnify Jesus with our thoughts, words and actions. With Christ abiding in us, we forgive more easily, love the unlovable, help to heal the broken-hearted and to set captives free (Luke 4:18-19).
Help us to dedicate our time, energy, resources, and talents as a sacrifice to You, fully pleasing You with our dedication to Your will, and not seeking our own goals and dreams. We make Christ our whole life as we walk in your spirit at home, in our vocation, in our church family and in our community (Colossians 3:3-4). Thank You for giving us Your Spirit to transform us, sanctify us and to give us the mind of Christ.
Thought for the Day:
Putting on the mind of Christ in every situation that we face allows us to walk in the Spirit in the center of God’s will for each moment of our day; we are surrendering to His will rather than our own will, walking out our sanctification by the hand of God’s Spirit, and looking forward to our glorification as we abide in God’s presence now and throughout eternity.