In yesterday’s post, I asked the question, “Did Jesus deserve what He got…the brutal beating and dying on the cross?” He was willing to sacrifice for His father. He lived a sanctified life. He was tested by Satan himself and passed the test. It’s easy for us to say, “Well, yeah, He is Jesus after all.” But He was still here in the flesh. He could have very easily made the choice to react in the flesh, but He didn’t. Why do we? When we choose to react in the flesh, do we deserve God’s grace and mercy? After all, it was our choice to act in the flesh, and not the spirit. So why is God gracious to us when we don’t deserve it…because He loves us so much.
It is so easy to respond and react in the flesh because we want to focus on “me”. Jesus didn’t focus on “me” when He was here on earth, He focused on the truth and on His Father. We are called to live like Him, so isn’t it time for us to put our focus on Him and respond the way He would respond? Several years ago everywhere you looked…bracelets, bumper stickers, billboards, etc said WWJD…What Would Jesus Do… It seems that the world is directing the focus inward, but stop and really think…What Would Jesus Do. If I’m saying I live like Jesus and want to be like Jesus, then shouldn’t we say…What Would I Do? How will I respond? How will I act? We want to shine God’s love through our actions, through our lifestyle, through our words. His greatest commandment is that we first love Him, then we love others. LOVE
Matt. 22:37 You shall love the Lord your God will all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.
vs 38 This is the first and great commandment
vs. 39 The second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
If we love ourselves we want all that’s good for ourselves right? Well, it is a commandment that we love others the same. We want good for them…even if they don’t deserve it. After all, do we deserve love when we act out, react, become fleshly? God still loves us and gives us grace and mercy when we shouldn’t have it.
Luke 6:27 He commands us to, “Love your enemies and do good to those who hate you.” Do they deserve it? Do we deserve it?
Love conquers all.