Harmony and the Mind of Christ

Working on a team can often seem difficult. Sometimes the teammates work well together, while on other occasions they don’t. It can seem as if we all have individual personality types that go along with preferred work styles.

The basic idea behind this thinking is that individuals have personal minds of their own and divisiveness is something we can expect to encounter in our interactions with one another. But is this premise correct, or is there a sure way to see unity in our work with others?

The Bible provides good counsel on working harmoniously with others. In Philippians, we read about working together in unity and overcoming disharmony: “Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 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” (2:2–5). We also read that Jesus exemplified this divine, Christly consciousness by being a humble, obedient servant (see verses 7, 8). This seems to me to be the key to working in unity. Jesus’ reply to the question, “Which is the great commandment in the law?” gives insight into what we need to do to “let this mind be in [us]”: We need to love God supremely, and to love one another as ourselves (see Matthew 22:36–40).

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Spiritual Lens
December 15, 2014

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