Having the Spirit of ChristBro. David Chancellor
1/30/2011 12:00 AM
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
If we have Christ’s Spirit, we will be like him. There is something tangible about Christ. He was a certain way when he walked among men. We want to walk and live the same way.
1 John 3:23-24
And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
“And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ…” God, through the prophets, let us know that Jesus was coming and we should believe on him. “…and love one another, as he gave us commandment.” Christ commanded us to love one another. “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” This Spirit will produce in us what it produced in Christ. Christ honored God in everything he did and he demonstrated his love for mankind. This should be true of us when we have his Spirit as well.
Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way. And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.
This is where Jesus fed the 4,000. He fed them because he had compassion on them. His compassion went beyond just healing. These people had been there for three days with no food. They didn’t want to leave because they were seeing miraculous things. Jesus wouldn’t let them leave like that. He was concerned about their welfare. He had compassion on their human frailty. Jesus was compassionate.
We need to be compassionate. See the needs of people around you and reach out to help. Feeding people may not seem like a big thing. Yes, Jesus did a miracle, but his intent was to fill a need of humanity. Have that same compassion. Be willing to reach out and fill the basic needs if you can. A bad situation doesn’t mean there’s a moral problem there. Jesus looked on all kinds of human situations and met the needs out of compassion.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Jesus is meek and lowly in heart, not proud and arrogant. Jesus didn’t come like a king. His humility was a condition of heart. Meek people adapt and aren’t typically aggressive. Jesus took and bore some things he shouldn’t have had to bear. “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:” (Philippians 2:6-7). This is what meekness means. Jesus came to serve us and help us with our problems. He went all the way to death to serve us and to bring us salvation.
We need to be meek and lowly of heart, not proud and arrogant. There are some religious leaders who need to become meek and lowly. We need to be humble servants of God.
1 Peter 2:21-23
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
You need to be meek and humble to be like this. Jesus didn’t retaliate. He didn’t threaten. If we have the Spirit of Christ, we’ll be like him in these things. These are the tangible manifestations of the Spirit of God. It becomes evident when we suffer and are mistreated. It shows itself in the face of injustice. Jesus trusted God to sort it all out. When we face these things we need to trust God with it.
And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
Jesus was forgiving in the face of death. There were probably a lot of people there who had no idea what they were doing. Some were more aware, but likely didn’t fully understand what they did. Most were there because a mob had been stirred up. People are often misled and don’t understand. They don’t understand the significance of the choice they’re making. Jesus is forgiving. He knows people often don’t see the big picture.
We need to be forgiving. Jesus suffered a great injustice so we could be forgiven. We need to forgive when injustice happens to us. Be willing to let go of what you suffer at the hands of others. Accept that it could be a misunderstanding. Let it go. Forgive it in the Spirit of Christ. We can’t afford to hold onto the hurts. Stuff happens. That’s life. Let it go. The Spirit of Christ didn’t hold grudges. He was forgiving.
If you don’t have the Spirit of Christ, he’ll give it to you. We want to be like him in the things we experience in life. Be compassionate. Be humble. Be forgiving. Love your fellowman.