We are to bring our thoughts into captivity, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5) and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. We were never given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). And we should love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37; see also Luke 10:27). The book of Mark (12:30) says it this way, “And thou shalt love the Lord they God will all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.” These instructions are the key to having the mind of Christ Jesus live inside us. You see, Mark gives us the first commandment. Our number one thing to do as we journey in the wilderness is to get into our right mind! And what is the second commandment? To love our neighbor as ourselves. There is no other commandment greater than these two.
The Mind of Christ
The mind of Christ, being in one accord with the Father, living in the bodily form of Jesus, and faithful unto His death on the Cross, redeemed us. His love and compassion for us, telling us the hard things, the needful things, the just things, are exactly the same things He was willing to do Himself. A teacher who is unwilling to do the hard stuff and experience them is not really a teacher. They are a scam artist. To truly be in integrity with God, Christ Jesus became sin, experienced it, and learned of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil after Adam fell and died. He achieved what He set out to do: the Father’s will.
Love, agape love, has structure. It is not a weed in the wind. It has a set course. It is righteous and reveals justice and wisdom, correction and compassion. It gives those who seek it instructions on how to build properly, not from a lowly position, but one where we look high above the noise, stand on the love of God, and humble ourselves to His service and His will.
It is up to us to choose to be born again and let the mind of Christ become our standard. When that decision is made, we should set our mind on learning what needs corrected in our thinking and commit to casting down thoughts that do not align with His. Are we going to be in the right all the time? No. However, with each new experience we need to learn and adjust course. We all have baggage passed down through generations and through our own experiences. Yet, a righteous man does not stay down when he falls, he gets back up, again, and again.
Don’t quit. Adjust course and realign with the Father. He’ll be there when you fall, you just have to commit to stand up not matter what. Amen.
Blessings and honor,
Feature Image: Bigstock.com | Scripture quotations marked KJV are taken from the KING JAMES VERSION of the Bible.