I am reminded over and over again (from the Gospel of Joh), how Jesus is our perfect example.
He knows when to speak, what to say and how to say it. He addresses the deeper, underlying questions and gives people what they need not what they think they want. He confronts, speaks the truth in love.He comforts, heals, restores. He teaches, pastors, shepherds.He is perfect in his love, humility, obedience … the list goes on.
And as I began to think about this, I began to ask myself, “Which examples Jesus sets for us warrants my personal response?”
More often than not, when I’m invited to look at areas of my life, especially for the purpose of growth, I’m likely to respond with, “This is the way I am. I’ve always been like this. This my personality.” This may be true. But if I’m honest with myself, I wonder if such explanations serve more of an excuse because I don’t want to change or be uncomfortable. Furthermore, do I limit or resist what God wants to do in my life as he invites me to move toward growth and maturity?