The Bible tells us God is love therefore it stands to reason the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Love. One of the main characteristics of love is it is all about the other person. In Philippians 2 we read where the mind of Christ is defined as putting others first. It says, “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…” So, if we have the mind of Christ as the scriptures tell us we do we ought to have love for one another.
It seems most Christians don’t know this or maybe they have forgotten. There was a time in Luke 9 when Jesus was preparing to go to Jerusalem, so he sent some disciples ahead to prepare a place for him to stay. When the Samaritans didn’t want anything to do with Jesus the disciples James and John said, “Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?” Jesus then turned, and rebuked them, and said “Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” You see we are called to love others even if they don’t love us back. Or else we’re really no different than the world. Jesus said, “For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.”
I’ll admit I completely identify with these disciples from time to time. The temptation is always there to lash out at those that get in the way or reject Christ. Thank God his Holy Spirit lives within us and is there to reign us back in reminding us what our mission really is. If you’re honest you would have to say you would behave the same way if given the opportunity. Thank God for his Spirit. Thank God he has given us his mind and his Spirit in order to love others. If the truth was told it is really him loving others through us isn’t it?
Written by Louie