Romans 15:5-6 (NIV)
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Verse of the Day reminds us to have the same attitude of mind … the same disposition and character … that Christ Jesus had when He lived among us. Paul requests that Father God, who gives us patient endurance and great encourage in our walks of life, would give us a correct mindset in our relationships with one another. So, why is this important for us to consider? Paul answers, “That we might be united … one mind and one voice … in order to glorify God!” Let’s look at the passage in its broader context:
Romans 15:1-13 (NIV)
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please Himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” (Citing Psalm 69:9) For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy. As it is written: “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing the praises of your name.” (Citing Psalm 18:49) Again, it says, “Rejoice, you Gentiles, with His people.” (Citing Deuteronomy 32:43) And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; let all the peoples extol Him.” (Citing Psalm 117:1) And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in Him the Gentiles will hope.” (Citing Isaiah 11:10) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
What I love about this passage is its affirmation of WHO affords us endurance in our walk of faith … WHO encourages us in our trials and challenges along the journey … and WHO gives us the wisdom of His Word to equip us with a proper perspective on how we are to extend these same blessings to those around us. Indeed, it is God the Father who richly gives us all these things through His Son – the Living Word who became flesh and made His dwelling among us. (Cf. John 1:14) Yes, I am reminded where Paul wrote to the Church at Philippi the same exhortation to have the mindset of Christ:
Philippians 2:1-8 (NIV)
Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
And the Apostle John exhorted:
1 John 2:3-6 (NIV)
We know that we have come to know Jesus if we keep His commands. Whoever says, “I know Him,” but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys His Word, God’s love is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did.
My friends, it is clear that we need to clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ. (Cf. Romans 13:14; Galatians 3:27) We are to be in Him … live in Him … have the same mindset as Him. We are to humble ourselves to one another … esteem others better than ourselves … look out for the interests of others. Yes, these are the things that conform us to His image and bring glory to God the Father. And so, I will conclude with what Jesus admonished:
John 15:5-14 (NIV)
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in His love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.
So Now You Know…
Have a Blessed Day!
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. ~ Ephesians: 4:22-24