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The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
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We come off all holier than thou but fall short by lightyears. We claim we want to be more like Jesus, but we must be speaking about the Spanish guy with the name spelled the exact same way, just pronounced differently, who lives down the street, and his wife is a teacher and he owns the realty company several blocks away. Because we can’t possibly be speaking about Jesus, the Son of God, the Messiah, our Savior. We can’t be.
We can’t possibly want to be more like Jesus because we have the mindset that “It’s all about me, my feelings, my wants and needs, my desires, my body, my house, my car, my material possessions, my sexuality and sensuality, my…my…my…my” and Jesus was and is about the “we” and the “us”, and about serving and representing God, our heavenly Father-Mother.
Jesus could have gone off and started slapping, punching, and kicking his disciples whenever they got out of line, disrespected him, and when they betrayed him. He could have gone off and started tearing up things when the Jews tried to put reigns on him to control when he healed the sick, wounded, and diseased. He could have slapped the first soldier who walked up to him to take him into custody for his crucifixion. But he didn’t.
Yes, he knew he was disrespected, betrayed, and treated worse than a stray, rabid dog; but instead of cursing those people he lovingly gave his life to save theirs, and to prove in his resurrection God’s realness and power…and that there is no death, only a shedding of our human bodies and a transition to another level of existence.
Yes, Jesus was hurt; yes he cried, but revenge was not in his heart or on his mind. So why should it be on ours? If we’re to be more like Jesus then we need to stay prayed up, rested, and ready to spread God’s love and Word around the world to anyone willing to receive it.
We should smile more even when someone’s frowning at us. We should laugh more because it soothes the soul. We should dance more because it’s a way of rejoicing and praising God through movement. We should take care of our health and our bodies because they are gifts from God, and only ours temporarily; and if we aren’t taking care of ourselves then we can’t possibly do the work God has planned for us.
We need to stop living as victims and start living as ambassadors for Christ. We need to start forgiving more because we want forgiveness; and if we can’t give we can’t receive. We need to stop being so self-absorbed about what did, didn’t, has, hasn’t, is, or isn’t happening in our lives; and start living as though we’re glad to be alive, and grateful that God wakes us and protects us each day. We should be grateful each day for our family and loved ones, and for the things we take for granted like the ability to blink our eyes.
These past few days I have learned a great deal about myself, how I deal with pain, rejection, and betrayal; and how hypocritical I can be in my judgment of others. I had to put myself in check HARD, and although it was a painful realization, it was one that I’m glad I discovered (with the loving help of my mother) now and not before taking my last human breath. I didn’t like what I saw in myself and I declared I would be quick to change for the better.
Let’s start anew beginning today, right now this very moment. Push out the negativity and let in God’s gentle light.
I’m ready, are you?
Father I want to be more like You. I want to be more like Your Son, Jesus.
I want to show compassion and grace always. I want to be slow to anger, and filled with love. I want to learn to forgive instantly, and not keep track of those who wronged me and their indiscretions. I want to be more patient and understanding.
I want to stop being so quick to place blame because I am not blameless. I want to leave my judgments to Your discretion as that is not my role and purpose in life. I want to live my life as You see fit. In Your Son Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
I love you all!