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Topic: Click (04/18/13)
TITLE: With One Mind
By Edmond Ng
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- 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)
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 we may 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).
Let us therefore in humility of mind regard one another as more important than ourselves. Rather than merely looking out for our own interests, let us also look out 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). Instead, let us 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 (Philippians 2:5-7).
Instead of asserting our rights then, let us be like Christ who emptied Himself to take the form of a bond-servant. Let us be like-minded, sympathetic, compassionate, and humble in spirit toward one another, so that even if our personalities do not really click, we may still 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, united in spirit in maintaining the same love and intent on one purpose. Humble our hearts Lord that we may have this attitude in us as it was in You, that we may not always assert our rights but be ready to serve with compassion and love even as bond-servants.
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