Let each one of us have the attitude of Jesus Christ… Philippians 2:5
As Christians, our goal is to be like Christ. No matter how long you’ve been a member of the Lord’s church, you can always grow more and more like Jesus. Let’s look at some of the ways we can work toward this goal.
I want to look like Jesus in the way I treat others.
Jesus treated Nicodemas (a ruler of the Jews) and the Samaritan woman (an outcast of society) in the same way. He talked to them, showed them how much he cared for them, and shared with them knowledge that would help them grow closer to God. As followers of the Lord, we have an obligation to treat everyone with respect and to share the gospel with them, Galatians 3:28, Mark 16:16.
I want to look like Jesus in how I forgive others.
As Jesus hung on the cross, he begged God to “forgive them, for they know not what they do.” The entire purpose of Jesus’ coming was to seek and saved the lost, although it was those very people who hurt him, blasphemed his holy name and put him to death. Our forgiveness of those who hurt us is a measure of the understanding we have of God’s grace and mercy. We must show love at every opportunity.
I want to look like Jesus in my obedience to God.
Jesus’ prayer in the Garden was “Father, let this cup pass from me, but not as I will but yours be done.” Jesus dreaded the suffering and guilt of the cross, but he bore it because of his love for us and his devotion to God’s plan. His disciples today must obey the Father in every circumstance as well. Our following God’s commandments are a reflection of our love for God, John 14:15.