The Attitude of Christ
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal.
It is human nature to notice and even dwell on the negative. As Christians, however, we have a new nature in Christ, and we are called to live and grow in that new nature. Much of our spiritual warfare is in fighting negative thought patterns. These verses challenge us to overcome our negative thoughts by focusing upon one goal – taking on the attitude of Christ.
A greater revelation of Christ will change our perspective. When we realize how great and powerful His sacrifice was for us, we will begin to see our problems becoming smaller and smaller as we rely upon His love for us. As Matthew 19:26 states, all things are possible through Christ. We must learn to concentrate on this encouragement and direct others to the same revelation of Jesus Christ.
When bad things happen or challenges face us, we must look to what we have in Christ to encourage us. We have a love that never fails us and has promised to always be with us. We have a Messiah who lives to intercede on our behalf and who is on our side. We have a healer and a deliverer who works all things together for our good. We have a protector who has promised that no weapon formed against us shall prosper. So, when negative thoughts swarm us and instill fear for our future, the last thing we need to do is to succumb to its intimidation. We must fight the devil on his own ground by turning our thoughts to the truth of God’s word and concentrating on His promises. Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world!
Encourage one another in Christ. Console one another in love. Fellowship with other believers. Share affection and mercy with one another. It is easy to follow the negativity. We all need a greater revelation of Christ to overcome life’s hurdles, and we are called to comfort others with the same comfort God has given us. Determine to look on the Christ side of things, and help someone else do the same thing. The greater the army we build with each other, the more of a force we become to the enemy. Our victory awaits in taking on the attitude of Christ.
Have a blessed day!