My two year old has this new obsession with playing copy cat with everyone. If you say it, she repeats it. Talk about convicting! Try hearing your two year old repeat some pretty hateful remarks and sighs… that got my attention pretty quick! Hearing those words come out of such an innocent mouth just breaks my heart. What am I teaching her? Why can’t I be more like Jesus?
Well, to be honest, I never really thought about the actions of love, as a whole, that Jesus intentionally did to teach the disciples to imitate him. But, today I will share with you what I have come to find through prayer and scripture that will hopefully not only help me to show my children how to love others well, but you too!
Actions of Love
- Compassion- Jesus was so compassionate that it shocked not only the disciples on a number of occasions but also the people he had compassion for! When looking through the New Testament, I see a pattern of Jesus showing compassion followed by a miracle, again and again. In Matthew chapter 20:29-34, Jesus was approached by two blind men saying “Lord, son of David, have mercy on us!” Jesus replied “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” Then, verse 34 says, Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. Jesus led by example, but God also gave us a command that followed. 1 Peter 3:8 says, “Finally, all of you , be like minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” When looking at my life, I have failed miserably at being compassionate towards others! If anything, I find myself being judgmental or just completely ignoring the people who are suffering around me. So… big X on that one for me! Moving on to the next…
- Feeding- Now, you might be sort of snickering at this one… but yes, Jesus fed with love! Not just his disciples but a whole crowd of people, 4,000 to be exact! And he did this using only 7 loaves of bread and a few fish! In Matthew Chapter 15: 32-39 we see Jesus show compassion on a crowd who had not eaten in 3 days, a crowd Jesus did not want to see go hungry. So, using only what he had, was able to perform a miracle and feed 4,000 people, and there were leftovers! Now, my pantry has more food than that… so, who am I feeding that is hungry? (other than my own spoiled rotten kids and husband?) Do I take my kids to serve the less fortunate food on a regular basis? No. But, I should. If I do, they will see that they are spoiled, and hopefully will not grow up to be rotten.
- Teaching- Jesus not only taught crowds of people, he had a select few whom he poured into daily, his 12 disciples. They saw him day in and day out, they were always asking him to teach them to be like him. When Jesus prayed to God and said (John 17:4) “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.” I believe he was talking about showing God’s love to the disciples and teaching them to be like Him! His task was finished on earth. He was leaving a legacy behind, a great example for his select few to multiply across the globe. So, who am I pouring into? Am I intentionally pouring into my children? Is there more teaching that could help to instill the love and values God’s word has clearly stated should be multiplied?
…to be continued
Join us for the last of this 3 part series next Tuesday where Amanda shares the last 3 ways prayer and Scripture has taught her to pass on to others the lesson of loving well.