'Day One' Blog

The Ways of Jesus – March 04, ’20

(Each Lent entry will give us a few days to ponder and sit with the Lord surrounding the scripture passages in that entry. The paragraphs following the passages are intended to give some guidance as we draw into the presence of God and dialogue with Him.)


Meditation for the Soul ~

Love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
pray for those who abuse you.
To one who strikes you on the cheek,
offer the other also,
and from one who takes away your cloak
do not withhold your tunic either.
Give to everyone who begs from you,
and from one who takes away your goods
do not demand them back.
And as you wish that others would do to you,
do so to them.
If you love those who love you,
what benefit is that to you?
For even sinners love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who do good to you
what benefit is that to you?
For even sinners do the same.
And if you lend to those
from whom you expect to receive,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners lend to sinners,
to get back the same amount.
But love your enemies, and do good,
and lend, expecting nothing in return,
and your reward will be great,
and you will be sons of the Most High,
for He is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
Luke 6:27-36

Reflection for the Mind ~

This is the eighth day of Lent and our attention turns to the seemingly radical values that Jesus held. I say seemingly because I believe God is showing us through the life of Jesus, the way He has intended for us to live from eternity. That it appears radical reveals humanity’s propensity to establish values that fly in the face of the ways of God. I have an idea that rather than God saying, “Hey, want a radically fresh approach to living your life?” He might say, “Hey, want to know what I’ve always had in mind for you?”

I’m pretty sure we are the radicals in need of retiring our rogue tendencies so we can embrace the ways of Jesus. In doing so, we would align ourselves with the counter-cultural way Jesus lived while He walked the earth. We’d be living in right relationship with creation, with one another, and with God even while we wait for the redemption that’s coming when Jesus returns. There is something very comforting about the idea of falling in step with God and living a normal life as God defines it.

What does God’s normal look like? Jesus lived it out. He did not have a different set of values for different life scenarios. Up and through His arrest, death, and resurrection He remained true to the ways of God, NO variation at all. He faced every kind of opposition and hardship you and I will face (and immeasurably more) and He responded to them all without compromise. He did it the way He intends for us to do it – by the power of the Spirit of God. Let’s turn our attention now to the passage from Luke written above and ask the Lord to speak, as we meditate on the ways of Jesus.

Response for the Heart ~

Lord, Your ways are NOT my ways, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord,” (Isaiah 55:8). I’m sorry that keeps surprising me but it does. So when I read the words of Jesus, I can’t help but think how radical He was. In reality, He was simply clarifying the way You have always intended for me to live my life. I feel like I’m being invited to come home, where I’ve always belonged. Please speak to me in these next few days about the beauty of Your ways. Work them into me by Your Spirit! ~ Amen

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5 Comments

  • Colleen Coombs

    1

    Loved this! He truly wants us to live in a contrary way to how the world lives. It’s the opposite of logic.

    • Anne Barbour

      2

      Thanks, Colleen - Yes, the opposite of OUR logic! I'm so grateful He is patient to keep inviting us to embrace HIS logic!

  • Tammy

    3

    Thank you Anne... this is one of my favorite scriptures that speaks so powerfully about servanthood and obedience in how we are to treat people.... as Jesus did. ♥️

  • Gail

    5

    The more and more we are like Jesus the more peace and contentment we have!!!!! Thanks for the great reminder Anne Barbour!!!!!!

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