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THE SPIRIT AND THE MIND OF CHRIST

There have been times in my life where I have wanted to know the true intent and thoughts of another, be it someone I love or someone I have fallen out with. The curious questions like, do they love me as I love them? Are they thinking about me? Are they being truthful or genuine, or is there a hidden motive? These are feelings and questions we have all had, and if we could only read the person’s mind, we would have our answers.

On the other hand, praise God that no one can read our minds except that which we share with them. If this was possible, then our perception of many people, including close friends, family members and even the church Pastor would change. On one hand, it could help us accept that no one is perfect, making us more tolerant in bearing with other’s weaknesses and failings. On the other, it could make us lose our trust in people, and as sinful human beings, the latter is more likely.

To this, Paul the Apostle asked, “For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him?...”. Paul goes on to say, “So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:11).

Unlike our fellow human beings, our Heavenly Father’s thoughts are of love, grace and mercy (etc.) to those found in Christ Jesus. By His Spirit, He has made his thoughts and truth available to us through the revelation of His Word and Spirit. As Christians, we don’t only have access to our own knowledge and reality of things, we also have access to a spiritual and an eternal reality.

Through the Spirit, we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16), but sometimes we focus on our weaknesses and doubts, although the reality is that we have such richness and power deposited in us. Today, I would encourage you to walk by the Spirit and be sensitive to the thoughts of Christ and of God. Do you need direction? Go to the Lord in prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the mind of Christ and of God to you. Are you confused? Go to the Lord in prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the clarity and peace that comes from the mind of Christ. Whatever the issue is, as children of God in Christ, God invites us to draw near through prayer and in the power of the Spirit.

Be encouraged

Chris Eke

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