Fans of the classic sci-fi television series Star Trek likely will remember the Vulcan “mind meld” that occasionally was employed by the character, Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy. In a Vulcan mind meld, the minds of two people were linked telepathically, which allowed for an intimate exchange of thoughts. In essence, the two minds shared consciousness, becoming one mind.
In the first letter of the apostle Peter, followers of Christ are instructed to be of one mind (1 Peter 3:8). Peter is not suggesting some sort of “Christian mind meld.” Rather, he is suggesting that we all should live in harmony with each other. As the apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:10, we must have unity of thought and purpose. We must have oneness in attitude. How do we achieve that? First, we need to be sympathetic with each other. We need to share one another’s feelings, the good and the bad. We must rejoice with those of us who are rejoicing and weep with those of us who are weeping (Romans 12:15). We need to love each other as family, as brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Next, we must be tenderhearted with each other, meaning that we must care deeply about each other. The Greek word that is translated as tenderhearted, or compassionate, in 1 Peter 3:8 is one for which there is no adequate English translation. It is a word that indicates involving all of the emotions. We also must have a humble attitude with each other. We must have the same attitude that Jesus had when He humbled Himself in obedience to God and faced a shameful death on the cross (Philippians 2:5-8). When we truly belong to Christ, we will be of one mind, because we will have the mind of Christ. And when we have the mind of Christ, the love of Christ will flow in and through us.