Saturday, October 1, 2022
"I don't have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me, but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let's be going."
Jesus' example here is a tough one to follow — giving in when we don't have to do it. Why would we do it? For two reasons:
Father, I admit that Jesus' example is often hard for me to follow. When I am wronged or falsely accused, I don't want to give in. Sometimes, I don't even want to forgive but want to vindicate myself. Please give me spiritual discernment to know the difference between being a doormat that lets others needlessly walk over me and being redemptive. As I try to honor you by being a person of character, please help me know when to give in on matters so that others are spared the heartache of unnecessary conflict. Thank you, my Lord and Christ, for being willing to suffer abuse and injustice so that my sins could be forgiven. In your name, I ask for this wisdom and strength, and I offer my praise for heaven's grace. Amen.
What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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