Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Example

God has been pulling a lot of things together for me in some interesting ways. Much of it in the things that people say to me, or things that I read. This morning I read a lot in James again, chapter 3 and 4.  It's back to that verse on wisdom: "Real wisdom, God's wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of  getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor."
I like the last line, "treating each other with dignity and honor." I think when Jesus walked this earth this is what He did best, He treated everyone with dignity and honor, therefore He walked out love.  And, now, because of the path that He walked and because of the Cross, He is asking me to do the same. He wants me to treat everyone with dignity and honor, He wants me to remember that the ground at the Cross is level ground. We are all the same.
Sometimes, my choices impact the lives of others in a negative way, that is an example I don't want to be. Sometimes, I think I have the right to control, speak, put up walls, or take them down, when in reality, Jesus is asking me to let go and let Him work His will in me. He is the fierce lover of my soul, and He is the One that wants to be my One and Only Example, to me and through me. Sometimes, I think the normal ways of the world are the right way, forgetting that He has a greater grace in store for me with a knowledge  and an understanding richer than anyone else can offer.
Because He is my Only Example today and every day I take my stand against the enemy! As it says in James, "Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he'll be there in no time."
Jesus, Say That Again, You are my Example, and You bless with wisdom. I will continue to come before You at the foot of the Cross and listen to You and You alone.

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