“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,”Philippians 2:5 NKJV
All of us have an attitude. Sometimes our attitude is positive and brings about a good outlook
and sometimes it is negative and projects a bad image for the rest of the day. A positive attitude
will put a smile on our face whereas a bad attitude will cause that smiley face to turn upside
down and become a face with a frown.
We are in charge of our attitudes. My attitude and your attitude should be Christ-like.
God’s attitude toward mankind was an attitude of love. When He created man, He created man
in His own image. Scripture says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he
created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).
God has no physical body, but He created us to reflect His image or his character of love,
patience, forgiveness, kindness, faithfulness, compassion, humility, and gentleness.
When disobedience in the Garden entered the picture sin came into the world. Disobedience to
the will of God is a sin. Disobedience brought a separation between God and mankind. There was
a void in this relationship. God’s heart was broken, but His love was so strong that He decided to
give the man another chance or another opportunity to spend eternity in His presence.
God has an attitude of love for all of us. Does our attitude show this kind of love for the people in
our life? Are we interested in helping others as God has helped us? If we have a Christ-like
attitude, we will reflect His love to all whom we meet.
Adam was created sinless but fell to the sin of disobedience. Jesus was created sinless and faced
sin, but was never disobedient to the Father. He was sinless but paid the price for our sins which
gave us an opportunity to be acceptable to God Almighty.
A Christ-like attitude includes the desire to associate with or fellowship with people whom we
meet in our daily walk through life. Is our attitude toward fellowship like that of Christ? Do we
fellowship with the Holy Spirit? That is, do we listen as the Spirit speaks to us and then do we
follow the instructions of the Holy Spirit?
Jesus had an attitude of tenderness and compassion. He had a tender place in His heart for
people who were hurting. “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they
were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).
their sick” (Matthew 14:14).
Jesus extended his compassion to the two blind beggars who sat along the road and shouted,
“Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us” (Matthew 20:30). He took time to stop and talk to them.
Jesus asked them, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Matthew 20:32).
He already knew they wanted their sight, but He shows us his attitude of compassion by taking
the time to reach out to them. Do you and I project an attitude of tenderness and compassion when
someone approaches us with the desire to talk to us because they are in need of help? If we
have a Christ-like attitude, we will stop, listen, and then proceed to do all we can to help them
make it through their crisis.
Jesus had the attitude of humbleness. Scripture says, “And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbles himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8).
Another word for “humble” is “modest.” If we are Christ-like in attitude, we will be able to
become modest or humble in our thinking and in our doing. We will not think more highly of
ourselves than we really are. We will not place ourselves on a pedestal above other people. We
will not exhibit a selfish attitude. We will not be puffed up with pride.
Our Christ-like attitude will be to serve others just as Jesus did. We will not be concerned about
what we want, but instead, we will look out for the needs of others. We will not be looking for
recognition or a pat on the back, but we will be looking for ways to help and encourage those who are less fortunate and are low in self-esteem.
Jesus said, “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as
a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). The Father sent His Son into the world so serve mankind
and show mankind, by example, how to serve others. Jesus is our example of God’s instructions
for righteous living.
FURTHER READING:Philippians 2:1-13
CONFESSION:My mind is renewed daily and I act and do just like Christ did .