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Devotional of the week: Philippians 2:5

The Great Dance

 

A statue from a cathedral in Germany (sorry, can't remember which one), depicting the Trinity.

A statue from a cathedral in Germany (sorry, can’t remember which one), depicting the Trinity.

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus…” Philippians 2:5

 

How can fallen human beings have the same mindset of Christ, he who was without sin? “Impossible!” we might think. And it would be impossible, but for the mystery of Christ’s incarnation and for the filling of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. Paul writes of this truth in another epistle, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27), or as Jesus prayed for his disciples – and for us – on the night before he died, “I in them and you in me” (John 17:23). Jesus dwells in us, just as he dwells in the Father. This is the wonderful embracing dance of the Trinity, who welcomes us into their circle of love.

When we learn to continually call to mind the amazing truth that God lives in us, our outlook changes and we begin to see the world through God’s eyes. A thought drops into our head from seemingly nowhere, filled with insight and wisdom that we would have to admit is beyond us. Peace washes over us in the midst of harsh circumstances. We find the strength to forgive the friend who betrayed us. We humble ourselves and put first the needs of our spouse, friend, stranger or child. We receive help at the precise moment of our need.

How might having Christ’s mind change your world today?

 

Lord Jesus Christ, help us to remain in you even as you remain in us. May we keep your commandments and remain in your love. Amen.

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