Friday, May 3, 2013

With One Mind

make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. (Philippians 2:2 NAS)

With One Mind“Their personalities don’t really click, but they get along well working together.”

That’s a remark many bosses can accept from supervisors when it comes to evaluating team spirit and resolving members’ conflicts. Unless a team works together in harmony toward a common goal, it can make or break an organization or a project.

Like the members in a team of a project or an organization, all of us as believers in the Lord are also members of one body in Christ (Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:27). The Bible exhorts us that we should therefore be of one mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, and intent on one purpose (1 Corinthians 1:10; Philippians 2:2). We may differ in personalities and at times need to resolve conflicts. Yet we must always stay together to encourage one another, and all the more as we see the day drawing near (Hebrews 10:25b).

In humility of mind, therefore, let us regard one another as more important than ourselves. Rather than merely looking out for our own interests, look also for the interests of others. Do not be haughty in mind to think of ourselves as wiser than others or do things from selfishness or empty conceit (Romans 12:16; Philippians 2:3-4).

Have this attitude in us which was in Christ, who although He existed in the form of God, He did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped. Instead, He emptied Himself to take the form of a bond-servant (Philippians 2:5-7). Like Christ, let us then instead of asserting our rights, be like-minded, sympathetic, compassionate, and humble in spirit toward one another. Even if our personalities do not really click, let us learn to get along well working together (1 Peter 3:8).

Dear Lord, help us live harmoniously with one another despite our differences in personalities. Make our joy complete O Lord to be of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Humble us Lord that we may have this attitude in us not to always assert on our rights but be ready to serve with compassion and love.

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