Philippians 2:5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
The attitude of Jesus was to become man and submit to an agonizing death on the cross to secure the possibility of salvation for every person.
Although our salvation is not conditioned on any meritorious acts of our own, the standard by which we must measure our lives is the perfect life of Jesus.
 Our words and deeds are to be compared to His: “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,” A
 Our standard of holiness is to be His life of holiness. “ But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; ” B
 Following His steps may lead to suffering and persecution, but “the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” C and this requires a willingness to die to self or be “crucified with Christ” CC.
 The Disciples life is to be characterized by unselfish love, but the standard of that love is nothing less than the love of Jesus Himself. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” D
These actions require that the attitude of our soul be like His. In the Disciples position we “have the mind of Christ” E but in practice we come far short. May God help us to destroy “speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God”, and bring “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,“ F, G
Henry Luke 4/10/2018
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