Each day we are challenged to respond to a multitude of issues – family, job, financial, etc. What we say and do in response to life is not so much “What we do or say” but “How we say it” or even better both “what” and “how”. The Bible talks about speaking truth in love. We can speak truth but without the “attitude” of love truth will be perceived as harsh and unrelenting. On the other hand what the world perceives as love is always “being in someone’s corner” and agreeing with everything they do and say. However, the love of God does bring correction and chastisement when necessary.
Many today perceive Christian liberty to mean “no restraint”. I’ve seen banners that say “no limits” but that can be misleading. God, in fact, does limit us in many areas for He alone is God and there is none beside Him. Boundaries are like fences and meant to keep the enemy out and us within the “love of God”. It is possible to break a hedge or fence and suffer the consequences.
One personal boundary we can set is to “guard our heart”. Another is to learn to “hold our peace” when we are tempted to unleash a torrent of words. At that point the Lord Jesus is no longer the Lord of our life but we have taken control and the tongue is the first place that this rebellion will manifest. That is why, I believe, God chose the tongue (the most unruly member of our body) as a sign to unbelievers that God had taken control. A new “tongue” is given when someone receives the wonderful gift of the Holy Ghost.
What is in our heart directs what comes out of our mouth. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. Not only our words but our attitude determines our altitude. Could this be the meaning behind the scripture that the Lord was looking for true worshippers who would worship not only in truth but in Spirit?
One definition of attitude is our manner or disposition or feeling in response to any number of experiences in a day whether positive or negative. The natural response to repeated negative influences is to become negative ourselves; however, there is a supernatural attitude that those who are filled with the Holy Ghost have access to every moment of every day. This is the Mind of Christ.
“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
When we need counsel or advice on something we might ask someone “What is your mind (thoughts, will, intention) in this issue?” We would take our friend’s council, and perhaps even weigh it with other opinions before making a decision. However, putting on the “mind of Christ” is different. It is saying that His thoughts, will, intention are far superior to ours and we will clothe ourselves with His mind. When we have the mind of Christ we are led by the Spirit of God and can confidently move forward knowing we have sought the Lord. Israel was always defeated when they went into battle presumptuously without seeking the Lord. The moment they sought His direction and timing they were ensured victory.
Having this confidence that we have the mind of Christ is essential in these stressful days. As I have said in previous posts, there are many voices in the land. Only those that know the Word of God and received the Holy Ghost will be able to sort through the “chatter” and move forward with clarity and decisiveness. Sometimes that moving forward requires waiting until we have heard from God.
“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.” I Cor. 2:16