(John 13:15-17) “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
Are you walking in Jesus’ footsteps? Are you doing as He did for others and for you? Are you following His example? Do you love others sincerely from the heart as He loves you? (I Peter 1:22) “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.”
He said to have faith and to love one another; do you or do you only have faith and practice your love walk when it suits you? (I Corinthians 13:13) “And now these three remain faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” We are to love God, love others, and love ourselves. (Mark 12:30-31) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
When His love consumes our hearts, we will automatically treat people the way God wants us to treat them and we will obey God because our love for Him will not let us do anything else. (Matthew 7:12) “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 5:46-47) “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?”
When we overcome evil with good even though they may not admit it; the ones who are being mean notice more than their pride will let on. The love that you show in return not only confirms your witness as a Christian, but it speaks loud and clear to their heart, and even though they may not want to let you know; it plants a seed in their heart. We cannot just talk the talk; we must walk the walk as well. Jesus did not walk in fear but trusted the Father completely. (Romans 8:15-17) “For you did not receive a spirit of fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him, we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.”
Jesus did not doubt but was confident in His identity and believed His Father without wavering. (John 14:6) “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” He knew the people He touched would be healed. (John 14:12-14) “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it.”
He boasted of the Father and not self. (John 12:28) “Father glorify Your Name!’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” Jesus spoke the truth and He spoke against the actions of those who were doing wrong. (Matthew 23:23) “Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill, and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy, and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.”
Jesus was not judgmental but showed kindness to everyone including the sinners; for we are all sinners and sinners are who He came to save. Matthew was one they considered “a sinner,” and Jesus ate with him and he became one of the twelve disciples! (Matthew 9:10) “While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and ‘sinners’ came and ate with Him and His disciples.” Not one of us has the right to judge others; we place ourselves in the judgment seat of Christ when we do that; that place is reserved only for Jesus. Jesus had compassion for the people and did not turn them away.
(Mark 6:34) “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So He began teaching them many things.”
He knew when to speak and when to keep silent. He did not argue who He was; He was confident in it. (Matthew 26:60-63) “But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally, two came forward and declared, ‘This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of god and rebuild it in three days.’ Then the high priest said to Jesus, ‘Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?’ But Jesus remained silent.”
Jesus always made time to be alone with the Father; do you? (Mark 1:35) “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”
Jesus did not put Himself first, but us, and He sacrificed Himself out of love for us.
(I John 3:16) “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” Are you walking in His steps? Read through the gospels and get to know who Jesus really is and how He lived His life when He was here and learn from His example.
(Philippians 2: 5-8) “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in very nature God; did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death even death on a cross!”