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Of One Mind

10 Aug

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. (Phillipians 2:1-2)

One person has one idea, another, another idea. A third person wants this, a fourth that. People are separate from other people; they think and act differently from each other. I don’t see how it’s possible to make them of one mind. – Well first let’s see what exactly Paul is referring to when he talks about being of one mind in context:

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, 

Paul, when he talks about being of one mind here, he’s referring to basically an ideal society of Christians, where everyone encourages, has affection and sympathy, and there is “participation in the Spirit”. In essence, Paul wanted them to live together perfectly. And if you have a family of any sort, you’ll know by now that isn’t possible. So why does Paul seem to be asking them to “be of one mind” (live in harmony with each other) if that’s not possible?

For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. (Ephesians 5:23)

Where exactly does the mind go again? Oh, right, in the head. – Paul is telling them to live in harmony with each other, to become a “body” of believers. He tells them in his letter “be of one mind”, not because they can actually manage to do it in of themselves, but because it will force them to “look” to their “head” for guidance.

Like the church in Phillipa, we need to realize that we’re not “the head” over the church, or over our own lives any more. And therefore we don’t have control over our own lives anymore, but Jesus does. Only when we look to Jesus (our head), can we quite literally be “of one mind” in anything.

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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Posted by on August 10, 2011 in Christ-Minded

 

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