“Caught in the very act!” These were the words of the Jewish leaders when they interrupted Jesus’ teaching with an adulterous woman. Ultimately, Jesus told the woman that He didn’t condemn her, to go her way & sin no more.
“We don’t have enough bread to feed this mass of people.” These were the words of Jesus’ disciples when He told them to feed the crowd. Ultimately, Jesus asked what they had, started with that & multiplied from there.
“Jesus wept.” This was Jesus’ response to seeing the intense grief and mourning from Lazarus’ death. Ultimately, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, after conversing with his sisters who were deep in the throes of loss.
The Jesus Way, which we would do well to follow, includes these things:
the absence of judgment and the abundance of forgiveness
bless the provision instead of cursing the lack
being present in grief and pain rather distracted or numb
Let’s do the Jesus Way in our daily living, which is ultimately the Way of Genuine Love!
Recently, I acquired a traffic ticket for not having a license plate on my front bumper. As much as I’d like to argue the stupidity of such a fine, an administrative detail to fund the tax base from trivial oversights, I’m guilty. So I paid the fine.
Hopefully, you & I are guilty of more important things such as:
gentle & constructive truth,
supernatural patience &
Take a quick moment now to text someone a sincere complement so that we’re both guilty of living out genuine love.
And I now have a license plate on my front bumper 🙂
The Bible is filled with people who didn’t want to admit their failures, weak spots, shortcomings & downfalls, starting with Adam who deflected his blame for eating the forbidden fruit to Eve. When God confronted Cain, Adam & Eve’s son, about his sinful intentions toward his brother Abel, Cain also tried to wiggle out of the confrontation with the question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” I could keep going with lots more examples (Aaron, Saul, Judas, etc) but my point is that by not owning their garbage & getting honest with God about their junk, they painted themselves into an ineffective and opaque corner. Each of them had lots of potential but their potential was compromised from their lack of honesty.
The counter-examples are equally as powerful. Consider David, after his downfall with Bathsheba and how he owned his garbage in Psalms 51. While they lost the child that came from the affair, let’s also consider that their next child, Solomon, was the king of Israel during it’s most powerful time in history. If you think about Paul in the New Testament, he’s the guy that said he was the chief of sinners in 1Timothy 1 and how the grace of God was powerful enough to change him, who was a very fallen and love-less man. Paul was tremendously & powerfully used by God after he humbled himself and let God change his heart.
For each of us, let’s sidestep the denial and deception trap and live in synch with the Holy Spirit, Whom Jesus calls the Spirit of Truth 🙂
We can be guilty of lots of things, but here are some things for which I want to be wholly convicted:
*complementing more than criticizing
*encouraging more than discouraging
*loving more than using
*listening more than impulsive comments
*wisdom more than foolishness
*redeeming more than rehearsing
*faith more than doubt
*progress with www.savingmoses.org more than enumerating problems 🙂
What are some other things you would include??? Thanks for your input & for your time to read this & reply!! Appreciate you 🙂