And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth.
2 Timothy 2:24-25
Sometimes it is so hard for me to imagine Jesus on Earth. That was so long ago, and it was such a different time. Although He walked among the poor, the defeated, and the sinful, I still tend to imagine Him sitting on a throne. After all, He is the King of Kings. Yet, He didn’t act like it. He got dirty. He rolled up his sleeves and worked hard. He was kind and meek. He never thought of Himself better than others, and He was the epitome of selflessness. He is absolutely everything that we should want to be. In studying how to truly serve others I have read verse after verse about Jesus’ character, the fruits of the spirit, and how Jesus interacted with the people around Him. It’s not easy, but it is attainable (with Christ’s constant help). This feat should be something that we strive for at the start of each new day. By reading our bible more, memorizing scriptures, and applying that scripture to our life, the closer our walk with God will be. As we draw closer to God we will be more readily aware of our actions toward our brothers and sisters. As we cling closer and closer to God, the more our actions will reflect His. We will start holding our tongue where we normally would spout off. We will start exuding patience when we normally would absolutely lose it. We will start looking for ways to help others even if it means sacrificing personal wants. We won’t be shaken. 1 Peter 2:23 says, “When He was reviled, He reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously.” Jesus was not shaken. He held close to God, and God held close to Him.
Dear God, Please help me cling closer to you every single day in hopes that your love and spirit will shine within me. I want to have your qualities. I want to be the friend that you were. Amen.