Learning to Have a Heart Like Christ

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Having the heart of Christ means to be Christ-like in actions and character. That’s one of the reasons we were created—to be conformed to the image of Jesus (Romans 8:29). It means to have the mind of Christ, which is seen in our actions and conduct.

A person with the mind of Christ will walk as Christ walked. A mere profession of faith is not enough. Whoever claims to be of Christ ought to be as Christ (1 John 2:6).

Anyone who imitates Christ in action ought to walk in love. Christ walked in love. He had compassion for those who followed him. By his love, he gave up his life for the sins of the world (Ephesians 5:1-2).

The heart of Christ is humble. Christ was meek and lowly (Matthew 11:29). He made no reputation of himself but had a humble heart and took the form of a servant (Philippians 2:5-7). God hates pride and gives grace to the humble.

Christ practiced servanthood. He lowered himself, washing the feet of his disciples. Some of the disciples were amazed by his humility and some refused to allow their feet to be washed. (John 13:6-9).

Christ was patient. His patience was seen in the way he responded to his persecutors and those who killed him. Even at the cross, he prayed that God should forgive his killers (Luke 23:34).

Every believer needs Christ-like patience with life and those who persecute them. Christ admonished that we pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44). Bless and curse, not even when you face persecution.

Jesus Christ was truthful. He wasn’t scared to speak the truth. He told the Pharisees who practice and preached false doctrines the truth despite their religious influence. Every believer should imitate Christ in truthfulness, whether loved by many or not (Ephesians 4:15).
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