Make your mind alike to Christ Jesus who entrusted himself to him who judges justly, even in the face of a violent death at the hands of evil men. Trust not in magic words of a certain prayer, but rather in the fruit of a transformed life and the peace that the Spirit of Christ brings to those who are his.
Compare yourselves to each other no longer, knowing that Christ’s perfection is the only measuring rod that exists in all of creation. Be humble, knowing that the example of Christ will always convict you, for he could call legions of angels to his defense, yet he suffered as a despised criminal, unwilling to snuff out the smoldering wick of humanity or break the bruised reed of the human race.
Be joyful! The Spirit provides everything we need for life and godliness and the same Spirit that guided Christ to the cross to everlasting triumph guides us in the same way, empowering us to be a child of God, making us the scent of life to some, and the scent of death to others. But in the end, we will shown to be Christ’s and he to be ours.
The things I preach to you, I preach to myself as well and would be grateful if you preached them to me too.