Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
—Philippians 2:3-5 (NLT)
Though Jesus was sinless and could have placed His power to live above our need, He gave His life for you and me. Choosing to humble himself—thinking less of himself and more of us —He chose us. We, also, are to have the same mind—the same unselfish attitude. New life was a completed work which became real in our spirit when we asked Him into our hearts. But for it to be real in our attitudes and actions, it has to be fleshed out in our perception of who we are in Him. We have to allow the Holy Spirit to change that perception and the way we think.
When we are born again, we receive Jesus’ finished work of Grace. We receive His righteousness and His mind. Within us resides the life-changing power of the Cross. But to perceive this life-change, we must yield to His process of spiritual growth. By continually surrendering our lives to His grace, we are transformed by His power until we understand what Grace accomplished. We are free and never realized it. We are loved but never like this. We live in peace instead of turmoil. Our needs change. Life is not about us. It is about His heart for broken lives.
As we choose to love without expectation, to share without recognition, to give without return, He reveals more of what He has unselfishly given us—His innocent life—His mercy—His love which has no limit. Unburdened by our needs, we are free to love unconditionally. We have no agenda or need to be recognized. Self becomes less so He, who lives in us, can be more.
Is it hard for you to love with His love? If you are new in Jesus, you have a fresh spirit filled with His promise. The old life is gone. But perhaps your new life is still about your old selfish one. Selfishness always brings turmoil and fear to your mind. When life is about you, there is no spiritual peace.
If you are desperate enough for spiritual peace, you are ready to change your attitude. Just let go and surrender to the Holy Spirit’s process of renewing your mind. Living the loving attitude of Christ becomes His work and nothing to which you can claim any right. By faith continually act upon what you determine is true, and His grace will make it your reality.
Grace sets you free to love unconditionally—to forgive easily—to share freely. You are unburdened by what a selfish mind says you need. You are at peace. You have received all you need, and that is Jesus. And just as freely as you received Him, you unconditionally without thinking or analyzing, give His love so others might know Him, too.
©2019 Lynn Lacher