Mind of Christ [Romans 15:5 Daily Devotional]
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had…”
What is Romans 15:5 about?
Paul is letting his church plant in Rome know that our God is a God of “endurance and encouragement.” Through him, we’re able to persevere through hard times, and he makes us confident in times when we doubt ourselves. Beyond that, though, this is a prayer. Paul wants his church – he wants us today – to have that same attitude toward other people.
Beyond just helping others endure their hardships or encouraging them through their trials, Paul says that we need to have the same mind that Jesus had. Jesus always believed the best in people, and he cared so deeply that he died for everyone. I’m not suggesting you do that second part, but the point remains: have sacrificial love for one another. Endure, encourage, believe the best in people, and sacrifice.
Mind of Christ
Let’s dive in a little deeper about how to have the mind of Christ for one another. Following the pattern we see in Romans 15:5, there are 4 things we need to do. The first is to endure, the second is to encourage, the third is to believe the best in people, and the fourth is to sacrifice. Let’s investigate each one briefly.
- Allow others to help you endure your hardships. We’re not called to do life alone, and it would be a tragedy if you were to try. Instead, learn to trust the people around you with your hardships. Talking out your problems can help you stick through whatever storm you’re going through. Then do the same for others.
- Allow yourself to be encouraged. This is actually harder than it seems. When’s the last time you truly believed a compliment? Instead of doubting the positive things people are saying about you, believe them! Then sincerely encourage others through their trials.
- Believe the best in yourself. Before you can believe the best in others, you need to do it for yourself. Ask the Lord to help you see yourself as God sees you. This one takes time, but it’s one of the most important because you need this so you can start truly building people up.
- Sacrifice. Again, I’m not talking about Jesus’ sacrifice here. Whenever you give money to your church, you’re sacrificing your resources. Whenever you serve others, you’re sacrificing time. Let me tell you, though. Investing your time and money into the things of Christ is always worth it. Start with those two examples and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to more options.
Jesus, thank you for being the perfect example in everything. Help me to love others as you loved me through enduring, encouraging, believing, and sacrificing. Give me the courage to grow in all of these areas, and then watch you work in my life through others. It’s in your name I pray, amen.