Thinking With God

 

In this beautiful relationship that Christ has brought us into, we live a life of grace received and grace offered. We are not Pharisees; Christ is our righteousness, and we are not looking for people to behave righteously, but for them to believe in Christ so that He may be their righteousness also. We do not pretend that this spiritual life is possible for us except that we are in Christ and He in us. Our testimony is that we are accepted in Him alone. We could not help ourselves, and we are friends to those who cannot help themselves also.

 

God invites everyone into this relationship, and we do also. Matt.5:43-45 says, “You have heard that it was said, you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise and the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

 

Love is not a warm feeling; it is thinking with God concerning a person. When we receive God’s thoughts about people, we do speak with Him about them: we pray for them. The nature of God, that which His sons and daughters share, is that He practically manifests His love for His enemies. We have the opportunity to be that manifestation. Can you think of a single “enemy” that you love? Again, it will not be that you “feel good” about them, but that you will share God’s thoughts about them, and you will make your decisions from those thoughts. We relate to our enemies based upon God’s mind toward them, not based upon their actions concerning us.

 

God raises us up in the nature of this kind of love, and He shapes us in it also. Eph.4:32 says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” We live in a family that forgives, in a culture of forgiveness, and have a history of forgiving and being forgiven. We speak to the lost from this experience. When a lost person meets you, they meet a kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving person. And if this is not real in our lives, then our next prayer is “Lord, I believe, but help my unbelief.” And He does just that.

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