Wednesday, December 17 2014
The teachings of Paul cover many of the lifestyle issues that Christians will encounter in their relationship with Jesus Christ. There is obviously not enough space within this blog to comment on all of them, but I would like to speak to how Christians interact with each other.
Matthew 19:19 KJV
 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
The Apostle Paul supported this doctrine when he wrote some very specific instructions on how to "love" or treat each other. Perhaps, there were some issues that the Phillipian church was dealing with and their Bishop took upon himself to pen some instuctions. He wrote...
Philippians 2:2-5 GW
 Then fill me with joy by having the same attitude and the same love, living in harmony, and keeping one purpose in mind.
 Don't act out of selfish ambition or be conceited. Instead, humbly think of others as being better than yourselves.
 Don't be concerned only about your own interests, but also be concerned about the interests of others.
 Have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Paul's instructions are pointed. He first writes to the "church body" and reminds us that we have one purpose. There is an anointing in unity and the church needs to stand arm in arm as we reach the lost of our communities.
He continued to instruct us on self ambition and humbly thinking of others "better" than yourself. He warns that we should be more concerned with others than ourselves.
As he continued to write his instructions, Paul says, "Have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had". Having the same attitude as Jesus can eliminate many of the "issues" within churches. Jesus put others first, touched the untouchable and loved those that did Him wrong. His reaction was not to pull away from Judas but kiss him.
As we maintain our relationship with Jesus Christ, we must remember these simple instructions to the church. They go against the grain of human nature, but they line up to the attitude of Jesus Christ. As Christians, we are to mirror Jesus Christ and to keep His purpose.