Learning To Think Like Jesus with Rick Warren

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What Does It Really Mean to Think Like Jesus? Can We Share His Thoughts?

Rick Warren mind of Christ
Pastor Rick Warren and the mind of Christ

Pastor Rick Warren says: “What does it mean to think like Jesus? Is it really possible to have his same thoughts, the same attitude, and the same reactions?

In 1 Corinthians 2:16, Paul says, ‘We can understand these things, because we now have the mind of Christ.'”

In this video message, Pastor Rick Warren goes through 10 characteristics of a person who thinks like Jesus.

10 Characteristics – Thinking with the Mind of Christ

I was so intrigued with Pastor Warren’s video, I jotted down the main points of his sermon. Take a moment to watch and study these 10 common traits for thinking like Jesus.

ONE: I know exactly who I am

Jesus knew exactly who He was. John 14:6 says “I am the way, I am the truth, I am the life.”

TWO: I know God’s purpose for my life

John 8:14 mentions this. It states; “I know where I came from and where I am going.”

THREE: When I have the mind of Christ, I’m always aware that God is with me

John 16:32 “I am not alone because the Father is always with me.” When we know this, we do not have to be lonely any longer. Through constant prayer, we know God is with us.

FOUR: I let God help me choose my words

Jesus says in John 12:49, “I have not spoken on my own. Instead, the Father who sent me tells me what I should say and how I should say it.” What could this do for our relationships if we speak from the mind of Christ?

FIVE: I don’t worry about pleasing everyone

If we focus only on pleasing God, we don’t have to please everyone else. Jesus said: “I only try to please the One who sent me.” ~ John 5:30 Should we live for what other people think – or what God thinks?

SIX: I depend on God’s power, instead of my own

John 5:19 – “I assure you, the Son can do nothing by Himself. He can only do what He sees His Father doing.”

Shouldn’t we be that dependent upon God? Pastor Warren says that human power runs out – But God’s power never fades.

SEVEN: I forgive my enemies, and those who hurt me

This is a tough one for me. How about you?

The famous phrase by Jesus is found in Luke 23:34. Even on the cross as He hung dying, Jesus said: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” We forgive because we have been forgiven by God.

Can we at least make the effort?

EIGHT: I am willing to sacrifice for others

John 10:14-15: “I am the good shepherd… and I lay down my life for the sheep.” Pastor Warren also quotes John 3:16.

But, here is 1 John 3:16. It says: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for each other.”

NINE: I want to do God’s will, not mine

John 6:38 covers this trait for the mind of Christ. It simply states: “I came…to do what God wants me to do, not what I want to do.”

We can all take this verse to heart, can’t we?

We live in a self-centered world. But, that’s not the mind of Jesus.

One of the most famous verses covering how Jesus thought comes from Mark 14:36. Most of us have heard this one.

On the night before Jesus went through the pain and suffering; then the cross for us, He prayed: “Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

TEN: I think with an eternal perspective

We mostly live in the here and now. But, what would life be like if we live knowing we will have eternal life after this one?

The Bible says of Christ in Hebrews 12:2; “Jesus was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy He knew would be His afterward. Now He is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven.”

When we go to that perspective for our lives, desperation and depression become less dominant.

Am I saying Christians will not have problems? No. But, if we think eternal, the problems of today will be like the one’s of yesterday.

I heard a saying once which stated: “Today is the day I worried about yesterday.

Yes, the future of thi is unknown. So, we can only live in the present – knowing our future is sealed by God for everlasting life.

Pastor Rick Warren did a fantastic job of explaining how to get the mind of Christ and I suggest watching the entire video before you leave.

He explains much more than I can and I believe you will walk away with more knowledge and understanding of what being a Christian really means.

Love in Christ,

Bob

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27 Replies to “Learning To Think Like Jesus with Rick Warren”

  1. My ex husband is coming back next week after he left us 2 years ago. Glad that I heard this sermon. I want to look like Christ. I already feel relief knowing that I already forgave him. I wanted him to save his life. I never stopped praying for him! God is real!

    1. Praying for heart of Christ in you, that whatever happen with him, you’re always a good ambassador of Him.
      God the Father, Jesus the Savior & Holy Spirit the Comforter be with you💕

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    3. How can ya think like Jesus if you are a female. Jesus is male. hahaha (*゚▽゚*)

  2. When your in bed with the pope how can you teach people to think Like JESUS? So you are a false teacher headed the same direction as the pope unless you repent which I doubt!

  3. Very good and true, what you said. Because it is what Jesus said and did.
    But, to someone like me, saying ” knowing who you are”, is miss leading. You should have simply said, “To be like Jesus”. I have learned and practiced these facts, and I do not know I am, or what I’m doing. Really.

  4. Whoa,,, Praise the LORD GOD CHRIST JESUS for HIS mercy on this generation as well still,,,
    Thank you Pastor Rick, GOD bless with Holy Spirit’s double touch to everyone’s heart n soul who are truly servants of the LORD GOD CHRIST JESUS -Amen

  5. I read these comments and I see most people don’t understand life in general. We are surrounded I read these comments and I see most people don’t understand life in general. People are not acknowledging the fact that we are surrounded by energies we don’t understand…. even our most brilliant scientists don’t understand how and why they work the way they do. Sure they are “getting there” but for the most part, we are not at the intellectual level as humans to understand. Energy is EVERYWHERE…..ALL KINDS OF IT. So, back to my point. I personally did not believe in “religion” Gods …I believed in a “God is in everything” God. God may be an entity that consists of total energy being of which we have no comprehension of his, her, its form of life. Now…… we live in a day and age where our meager technological improvements have enabled us to literally bring back people who have died (not always but sometimes) and these people have had an experience that is profoundly similar. This is hard to explain. I watched a couple of videos of these people and the first two were HIGHLY professional and intelligent people. They are…. Mary Neal…Orthopedic Spine Surgeon and Eben Alexander….. Brain Surgeon Harvard Grad. Then I listened to about 35 other “Near Death Experiencers” NDE’s on Youtube. (More accurately titled….. Death Experiencers) The similarities of their experience are alarming.
    Personally…. my conclusions are these. 1. Our bodies are not exactly what we think they are. 2. Our body has an energy life form residing in it which we don’t understand. We call it “soul” and it resides in our body from birth to death. 3. When our bodies die…. our “soul” returns to where it is originally from which is an energy life form we have great difficulty understanding. 4. Our memories of our lives are a part of our “soul”. 5. We are here to improve our ability to love other souls which we are “linked” to in some way in a separate energy realm. 6. There is no judgment or consequence of our actions here…. only learning. 7. There is no “hell” as some religions believe. There are many other points that these NDE people present but I think everyone should consider what they have to say. Even people devoted to a certain religious belief. I think their experiences can augment general thinking to life and “God” better than other “learning’s”. In finality….. personally….. I feel …….Religion is BULLSHIT but God is not. No need to reply to this comment. It is personal opinion just as everyone else’s is on the subject of God and religion.

  6. I have been watching all your videos this whole week and have been blessed with so much insight! God bless you!

  7. Wow this is like the greatest speech I have ever heard! Warrens retorical skills is out of this world😯

  8. Warren, paving the road to hell; it’s
    impressive, popular, innovative, unprecedented, and the ride is smooth, with as many lanes as there are methods to get there. All you cool, progressive, contemplative prayer, yoga posing, , blab it and grab it, loving, nonjudgmental, conveniently unhitched from the OT, popular, mega church, Purpose Driven, Shack backing, and those Living Your Best Life Now, step aboard.

  9. I can not have enough of his amazing messages! I LOVE you, Pastor Rick! You’re just awesome! :))

  10. Hello Pastor I’m so blessed listening most of your sermons online. God bless you.
    In the next coming Please talk about unclean tithes and offerings. I would like to listen.

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