Summary: In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. - Philippians 2:5 Life-long relationships can be torn apart by wrong choices made over a period of time. Even the best of friends can be severed by even one occasion of ..
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. - Philippians 2:5
Life-long relationships can be torn apart by wrong choices made over a period of time. Even the best of friends can be severed by even one occasion of hurt in someone's life. Christianity is not something we can do alone, it is always considered a community. Even in the beginning God made Adam and said it was not good that he was alone (Genesis 2:18). Yet, these relationships, carry with them a responsibility of having to have a humility and love involved or they can hurt us. To be a lone Christian is not something the Scriptures ever recommend. There were some prophets and special workers for the Lord who had seasons of being called apart from all others. Yet this is not the general rule, especially for those involved in the Church. The word Church in the greek means "a called out people" so by virtue of being involved in such we are a people together. To ignore this will cause problems in our Christian lives, though hurts can come through being involved closely with other human beings.
We are exhorted to have the same mindset that Jesus Christ did in our relationship with each other in the body of Christ. In my own words, Jesus never took advantage of others where he could but choose to be nothing so as to serve everyone. In the Church we should not be seeking the highest position but the lowest. We should be seeking to be under each other, support each other, love each other. We need each other in the body of Christ, we are not small sovereigns, but rather we are to be submitted to Jesus Christ and to those who are leaders in the Church and also submit to all other members of the body of Christ. God never said this would be easy as the example here for us is that Jesus humbled himself to the place of death and a cross. Is it at times not the same in our relationships with others in the Church, that the only way to bring fruit to God and peace would be to humble ourselves to the point of being crucified? Does that sound too extreme? We must be willing to suffer wrong at times and realize this is a commitment for this earthly life, just like marriage (which is a picture of the Church) we are called to be a part of each other being the very body of Christ.