May The Mind Of Christ, My Savior - The One Year Book of Hymns

May the Mind of Christ, My Savior

May the mind of Christ, my Savior,

Live in me from day to day,

By His love and pow’r controlling

All I do and say.

May the word of God dwell richly

In my heart from hour to hour,

So that all may see I triumph

Only through His pow’r.

May the peace of God my Father

Rule my life in ev’rything,

That I may be calm to comfort

Sick and sorrowing.

May the love of Jesus fill me

As the waters fill the sea;

Him exalting, self abasing—

This is victory.

May I run the race before me,

Strong and brave to face the foe,

Looking only unto Jesus

As I onward go.

May His beauty rest upon me

As I seek the lost to win,

And may they forget the channel,

Seeing only Him.

KATE B. WILKINSON (1859–1928)

MANY CHRISTIANS have made the New Year’s resolution to be more like Jesus—but where do you start? The apostle Paul told the Philippian believers, “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had” (Philippians 2:5). But how do we develop the attitude of Christ? Kate Wilkinson directs us to Colossians 3:16 for the answer: “Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives.” In the third stanza Wilkinson returns to Philippians for this promise: “God’s peace . . . will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). And so the song builds.

Christian growth is not instantaneous but gradual. It flows naturally from obeying God’s Word. Thomas à Kempis, who wrote the Christian classic The Imitation of Christ, said, “One thing that draws back many from spiritual progress is the fear of the difficulty of the labor of the combat.” Don’t give up what you have started.

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Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus.

Colossians 3:16-17

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The One Year Book of Hymns
By Robert Brown and Mark Norton

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