The mind of Christ.
Sunday, August 02, 2020
The Mind of Christ. August 03 2020
“ Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—-if anything is excellent and praiseworthy—-think about such things. “ Philippians 4:8. NIV.
When we were leaving for Ecuador in 1998, I was warned by a veteran missionary who was retired. He said, “ The hardest thing won’t be the strange culture, the difficult language, or discouragement from people resisting the gospel; it will instead be getting along with fellow missionaries. “ That seemed incredulous to us. We should be mature enough not to encounter such difficulties. It was not long after being on the field that conflict arose. Sure enough instead of praying about the matter I jumped into the middle of a conflict, trying desperately to defend myself. Fortunately the conversation had to be ended because of a situation, and would be taken up again later. I began reading through Philippians. After telling us what “ God had begun in us, He will carry on to completion until the day of Christ.” 1:6, Paul writes that in our relationship with one another we need to, “ have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” 2:5. Then in chapter 4 verses 1-9, he puts this all to practice: “ I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntche to be of the same mind in the Lord.” Of all the spiritual exhortations that Paul gives next about how they can accomplish this, I needed to hear verse 8 the most. By the time I was halfway through listing the admirable things about those who I was in conflict with, I was tearfully thinking, “ I just have to find a way to work with people of this caliber.Now I was ready to have a conversation with them. The next time you have a conflict with someone why not try listing all their good qualities before you confront them. Maybe just maybe God will show you the conflict is not as big as you think.
Paul presents six guidelines for proper mediation and thought. Think on what is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. Right thinking will always win the battle against worry.
🙏 Father God thank you for the wisdom that you impart through Paul in the book of Philippians. Help me to look at others as Jesus would look upon them. Give me the mind of Jesus. Help me to think noble,just, pure, lovely true and of good report thoughts about those who I have conflict with. In Jesus’ name I pray.