Attitude

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…  Philippians2:5.

The KJV uses the word “mind” from the implied meaning, since what is used in the Greek is the word “phroneo” which means either to think, to be minded in a certain way or to think of, be mindful of (Vine’s).  What we get out of this in the NIV is the word “attitude”.  “Attitude” is how someone displays what they think about a certain subject; in other words, it’s the posture we take about life, the mood, the action that tells the world around us what we are about.  The dictionary also interprets this word as one’s disposition, opinion, etc., which places it in the realm of the body showing what the mind is thinking or feeling.

So how we think needs to fall in line with how Jesus thinks.  This has to be a goal for us, unfortunately, since we’re not gonna’ be able to pull off a total switcheroo all at once without a miracle.  Paul isn’t making a request of the readers but commanding them to think like their Mentor and Master.  If we admire someone enough, we will emulate the things we appreciate the most.  With Jesus that’s an easy place to go since He’s so wonderful, don’t you think?

Children, sinners, outcasts, rich, poor and everyone in between the extremes loved to hangout with this man—ok, the Pharisees and rulers didn’t like Him much, but that’s because they disagreed with His acceptance of everyone they looked down upon.  His one goal was to seek and save that which is lost; for God didn’t send the Son of Man didn’t come into the world to condemn it, but that the world might be saved through Him.  John said in a letter to the churches,  Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.  (1 John 2:6)

Do we crave to know what God requires of us?  Then we look at Jesus’ life and ministry to get an idea.

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