Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
"Quit being fashioned after this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over." (Romans 12:2)
Instead of allowing the spirit of the world to shape their thinking, the Christians in Rome needed to make their minds over to Christ’s way of thinking. (1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5) That principle should influence the day-to-day behavior of all genuine Christians, including us today. Like those spirit-anointed Christians in Rome, we are deeply grateful for the continuing and manifold expressions of compassion that God has given us and continues to give us every day of our life. A heart filled with gratitude moves us to serve God with all our strength, means, and abilities. That heartfelt desire also moves us to do our utmost to think, not like the world, but like Christ. And having the mind of Christ affects how we treat others—both fellow believers and nonbelievers. (Galatians 5:25) A case in point: If we think like Christ, we are compelled to resist the urge to retaliate.—1 Peter 2:21-23.
(Watchtower issue: 7/1/07, 1:5, 6)
*I feel the need to include some extra scriptures, and one which is mentioned in the text discussion. It probably wouldn't hurt to try and commit them to memory.
"In fact, to this [course] YOU were called, because even Christ suffered for YOU, leaving YOU a model for YOU to follow his steps closely. He committed no sin, nor was deception found in his mouth. When he was being reviled, he did not go reviling in return. When he was suffering, he did not go threatening, but kept on committing himself to the one who judges righteously."
(1 Peter 2:21-23)
*probably the most impressive demonstration I've ever read of this, shows how even when Jesus and the angels have had disputes with Satan they've exercised self-restraint out of respect for Jehovah, by not 'reviling' or speaking abusively to the Devil himself!
"But when Mi′cha·el the archangel had a difference with the Devil and was disputing about Moses’ body, he did not dare to bring a judgment against him in abusive terms, but said: “May Jehovah rebuke you.” (Jude 9)
"Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble at glorious ones but speak abusively, whereas angels, although they are greater in strength and power, do not bring against them an accusation in abusive terms, [not doing so] out of respect for Jehovah." (2 Peter 2:10, 11)