Act Like Christ Jesus
In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus.
In Relationships, the best instruction, for the best possible outcome in every situation, is found in the Word of God.
In Relationships, the best example that is available to the world is the life of Jesus.
It is fair and wise to consider the thoughts, motivation, and actions of Jesus as he interacts with humanity, being fully man and fully God.
What would, even does, Jesus do in any and every situation?
He expresses love in such a way that EVERY heart, mind, and life is given opportunity to be changed. He, full of grace and mercy, exposes the selfish desires that we carry and replaces them with his very own desires and mind.
Jesus came to do so much more than save from the penalty of sin. He offers to transform our thoughts, our actions, and even our motivations to be like his.
He offers but we must accept and receive or we will not be transformed. If not transformed we remain selfish and inward focused, even if we are trying not to be. Without the mind of Christ we cannot help but be selfishly motivated.
Philippians 2:5 instructs us to be like Jesus. Philippians 2:6-11 explains what that actually means. It explains what Jesus was like and what he did to carry out the will and plan of God, and it really isn't attractive to the selfish, status seeking, need to be first mentality that we all possess.
It wasn't what those anticipating a Messiah at the time of Jesus birth and life on earth expected, and it still isn't what we can mistakenly expect today.
The Israelites expected a king that would save them from the oppression of the Roman rule. Let's look to Philippians 2:6-11 to see what they actually got...
6 Christ himself was like God in everything. But he did not think that being equal with God was something to be used for his own benefit. 7 But he gave up his place with God and made himself nothing. He was born to be a man and became like a servant. 8 And when he was living as a man, he humbled himself and was fully obedient to God, even when that caused his death -- death on a cross. 9 So God raised him to the highest place. God made his name greater than every other name 10 so that every knee will bow to the name of Jesus -- everyone in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. 11 And everyone will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and bring glory to God the Father.
Jesus, without giving up his divine nature or deity, gave up his place with God. HE made himself nothing, HE made himself a servant. By doing this, HE humbled himself and was fully obedient to God. Through this path and process, Jesus does something so much more miraculous and divine than releasing a people from oppression. To each who realize and say that Jesus is God, he gives them eternal life! He saves them and sets them free from the penalty of sin and death!
What does this mean to you and to me?
What should I do in every circumstance and situation?
What am I to do in response to this amazing, unselfish, divine display of love and relationship?
The answer to me is not easy but it is obvious...
Kevin, In your life you must think and act like Christ Jesus.
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