Hi friends. I wanted to share something that just really blew my mind, simple as it may sound.
I was reading Psalm 116:5-6 NKJV, which says, “Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
Yes, our God is merciful. The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.”
I stared at these words. And then it clicked:
“I am a Christian… and I need to be like Christ.
Jesus is gracious. Jesus is righteous. Jesus is merciful.
To be like Jesus, I need to be gracious, righteous, and merciful.
Jesus preserves and saves those who are brought low.
I need to care about those brought low,
and bring them to Jesus.”
It seems so simple, doesn’t it?
Yet, sadly, I do not do these things well– especially being gracious. I find myself falling into being legalistic, quietly feeling disdain for those who don’t follow Jesus or those who don’t have the most wholesome of lives. I expect people who don’t know Jesus to act like they do, and to adopt His morals. How insane is that?!
I’ve come to see that I need to be like Jesus… and that I need to confess and repent of not being like Him or representing Him well. At the same time, I also realize that I can do none of this outside of the power of the Holy Spirit. I need the Spirit to come upon me afresh, so that I can walk the way Jesus walked and love the way Jesus loved.
I may not always get it right… and that is okay. But there is a world full of lost and broken people out there, reaching for true light. Because Jesus lives in us, we are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14)!
May we get out there, love righteously with all of our hearts, and burn brightly for the Kingdom of God.
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