The Christian Mind
Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. Colossians 4.5, 6
The Christian Mind
Harry Blamires (1916-)
“…the lovable has become the very antithesis of the powerful, the loving of the authoritative. One must see it as part of a deep and comprehensive rebellion of the modern mind that concepts involving love and lovableness should be shorn of connotations hinting at authority or power; while concepts involving authority and power should be shorn of connotations hinting at love and lovableness.”
Jesus has all authority in heaven and earth. No one wields more authority than Jesus. Even the material cosmos is subject to His authority, as He upholds it and it consists by His Word of power. Such an idea would cause the secular mind to cringe and revolt. But Jesus also is the very embodiment of love. No one ever loved more than He, or loves more constantly or lavishly as He. Jesus brings authority and love together in ways we can learn to emulate in calling the world to submit to God and His Word. But we need to grow in the Lord, so that whatever authority we may wield – whether in family, work, community, or church – is only the manifestation of Christ’s edifying and affirming love. For when people see these things in us, then their views of authority will begin to change. Can we get our minds around this?
In what areas of your life do you wield authority? How do you make sure the authority you wield manifests the love of God in Christ Jesus?
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Prayer and the Christian Mind
Prayer is the framework in which a Christian mind is engaged and nurtured. Here we commune with the Lord Who makes all things new, including our minds. Are you working to improve your prayer life? Download our free ReVision series on The Parameters of Prayer by clicking here(for the first installment). Get with a friend, or share this study with your group, and grow together in prayer, for a Christian mind and more.
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All quotations from The Christian Mind are from Harry Blamires, The Christian Mind (Ann Arbor: Servant Books, 1963, 1978).