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Tuesday, September 14, 2021
“In Full Accord and of One Mind" - September 14, 2021
Morning by Morning, September 14 - “In Full Accord and of One Mind"
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Lord and Savior, Father and Friend, O Lord, my God -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- I welcome You here in my heart and every moment of my day. ...
“If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind” (Philippians 2:1-2).
There’s encouragement in Christ when we’re able to share in the Spirit, when we’re able to join together “in full accord and of one mind.” How do we get there? ...
By listening to each other, by loving each other, by be willing to speak the truth in love to each other and also hear the truth in love from each other (Ephesians 4:15). That’s part of how we “grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ” (v. 15). That’s part of how we “come to the unity of the faith,” how we come “to maturity, to the measure of the stature of Christ” (v. 13).
We don’t start off there, but we have to want to get there -- as messy as it may be, as hard to speak and as hard to hear as it may be. But that’s the only way we can come to the place of “full accord” and “one mind.” That’s the only way we can “let the same mind be in (us) that was in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).
And what was that “mind” that “was in Christ Jesus?” ...
“Who, though He was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
but emptied Himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
He humbled Himself
and became obedient to the point of death--
even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:6-8).
Humility is the mind of Christ. Self-sacrifice is the mind of Christ. Death to self in the sense of being willing to die to anything in us not yet fully surrendered to the will and the ways of God is the mind of Christ (Matthew 26:39).
Lord knows, I’m not there yet. And none of us can even begin to do that in our own power or wisdom, no matter how hard we try for it or desire it, because apart from You, we can do nothing (John 15:5).
So we need You. We need Your Spirit to align our mind with Your mind, our heart with Your heart (Philippians 2:13). And as we each seek that, as we each allow that to be our goal and our standard for love and life together in the unity of the Spirit, we will “have the mind of Christ” -- not just in heaven, but also here on earth as it is in heaven (1 Corinthians 2:16; Matthew 6:10). In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
My friend,may you be empowered by the Holy Spirit on your journey in spiritual maturity to speak the truth in love and hear the truth in love, as the Lord brings us to a true unity of one accord and one mind in His love, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!
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