“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
‭‭John‬ ‭13:34‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Have you ever used the phrase “Use your church mind?” What did you mean when you said that? Be fair. Be kind. Be gracious. Do good. Right?

Do you know that this slang is a principle for Christian relationships in the Bible?

In Philipians 2:1-5, Paul points out a great benefit that we have from being in Christ. We have loving relationships with other believers! He outlines love, humility and genuine care for others as attributes that should be found among believers. He calls this the mind of Christ and admonishes us to have the same disposition.

If you are in Christ, there is a perspective to have towards other people especially believers (Galatians 6:10). When you look at people in your office, school or on the street, the first thought that should come to your mind is “This is someone for whom Christ died”. Try it a few times and see how it changes your attitude towards helping people even complete strangers.

Your love should be proactive and sacrificial. You need only to look at the sacrifice of Christ for inspiration.

John 3:16 shows the way that God loves us. In 1 John 3:16, we see what our responsibility of love is towards our brothers and sisters.

This is because we emulate the nature of God. It is in God’s nature to be compassionate, loving and forgiving and so it should be in our nature to be compassionate, loving and forgiving (1 John 4:7-8, Ephesians 4:32).

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”
(‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:1-2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

Dear friends, think about your disposition towards loving others and decide to use your church mind.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 12:22-37, Acts 17:16-34, Psalms 28, Exodus 13-15