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A Lesson In Humility

Jim had been having a bad day at work. Nothing seemed to be going right; everything was a mess and on top of that, he had a meeting after lunch with his boss, because Aaron had falsely accused him of doing something wrong. Everything combined; it seemed like there was a mountain of stress on his shoulders. He sat at the break table and started eating. He looked out the window and noticed Aaron was getting in his car getting ready to leave for the airport on a sales trip, one that was very important to the company. Aaron got out of his car suddenly, and Jim realized the car wasn’t working for him.
“Oh no”, Jim thought to himself. If Aaron doesn’t leave now, he’ll miss that flight and may even get fired for messing up this sale for the company. Without much thought, Jim pushed his plate of food away from him, still steaming from just being warmed up. He quickly walked outside and approached Aaron.
“Hey Aaron, you’ll never make that flight in time if you wait for your car to cooperate. Even if you catch a taxi, you’ll be lucky to make it on time.”  He could see the look of desperation – the panic in his eyes.
“Let’s go Aaron; I have enough time to get you there before my meeting with jack.”
Sure enough, there was time to spare and Aaron caught his flight. Jim made it back on time to the meeting with Jack, and to him it was worth seeing Aaron get on that plane in time.

That’s humility. Whether or not it’s your worse day, you make yourself low to another person, even your enemy; you prefer them over yourself.  In the bible Jesus gives us what some call the “miracle example” of humility. Knowing Judas was going to betray him and that he would soon be crucified, Jesus washed the feet of ALL twelve disciples.
John 13:3  Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God,
John 13:4 got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself.
John 13:5 Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

Humility is tough. Giving preference and showing kindness to others before yourself, even to your enemies or those who have wronged you.
Philippians 2:3  Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
Philippines 2:4  do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

Doing the right thing is difficult, but God will bless you. Remember; James 4:6 “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

How Your Religion Makes You Feel

How does your religion make you feel? God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ produces freedom, but apostasy produces slavery to useless traditions and works.

For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Serving Myself

In serving myself, I found that I was an usually cruel master; oftentimes finding myself imprisoned. My flesh proved to be a jailor ruthless and without mercy, who took pleasure in various tools of torment, efficient at delivering pain and misery. I thank God that through Jesus I am freed, and now serve a kind and loving God who easily shows mercy and grace, to a poor pathetic soul as mine.

Forgiveness

This is a tough subject isn’t it? How often do we suffer from something done to us, and the first thing that comes to our mind is, “this person is going to pay someday” and we carry that wrong with us for a very long time. Now since we are Christians and followers of Jesus, let’s see what he has to say:

 Matthew 11:25 “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.

 You might ask as Peter did in the bible, “how many times do I forgive?” The answer is always. We can see what Jesus said about that as well:  

 Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”  Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”

 Does that mean that we multiple 7 x 70 which is 490, and that’s how many times we are to forgive? No, the context and meaning behind it all is multiple times, we forgive every time. That takes patience – that all too important part of love, but remember, Jesus not only commands us to forgive, but to love as well:

 John 15:22 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.”

 So now we know we are to forgive. Fine “That’s fairly easy”  we might think, “I forgive, but I won’t forget.” Well with that attitude, you are still only going half way. You say you have forgiven, but by dwelling on it; by letting it be a continuing part of your life, all you have really done is eliminated the emotions of anger or sadness, but you still haven’t truly forgiven. What is true forgiveness?

 Hebrews 10:17 “and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” (read verses 10 – 21 for context)

 That is forgiveness. As humans, we aren’t able to simply erase our memories like a computer hard drive, but we are able to forgive and move on with our lives; not dwelling on the past, and not allowing our lives in the present to be dominated by a bad memory, or a lingering grudge. I have a saying which fits this perfectly. “Don’t let something in the past hold you back, and don’t let anything in the present stand in your way.” Dwelling on the past, creates an emotional and spiritual obstacle in your life. Get it out of your mind and out of your life forever. Don’t let it be something you live with daily; something you talk about from time to time, or think about once in a while. Don’t lose sleep over it at night. Move on and beyond it all, and find the peace you need so bad by forgiving.

 Any fool can go for simple revenge. It took me a lot of years to learn that. It takes a tough and wise person – a spiritual person to do the right thing. Forgiveness is one of the hardest things to do, but we as Christians through the strength of Jesus, are able to take on the tough things in life. It’s commanded by our Savior, and it’s the only way to find true peace. Christians are tough people, and we don’t back down from the hard things in life, because we are just too stubborn. Surely forgiveness is a small challenge to us, and with added strength through prayer, we’ll find peace for ourselves, knowing we weren’t cowardly and took the easy way out through revenge.

The Fool

A fool mocks those seeking shelter from the approaching storm, while ignoring the thunderous approach of his own downfall.  Matthew 24:7 For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.

 

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I am Joe, a 42 year old Christian father of five children with one grandchild. Myself having been the second child out of three, I never really pictured myself with a large family, but life has it's pleasant surprises and there is nothing more pleasant than lovely daughters and handsome guys who call me dad. I am an ex-Navy Radioman, married to my lovely wife of 15 years Lolita. I have spent eleven years and three months serving my country from late 1987 to 1999. Since my departure from the Navy, I have been fortunate to continue making a living at what I love most which is Telecommunications. I enjoy bible study time with my kids or on my own using the good ol' King James version along with E-Sword. Using both together really makes research and cross-referencing a lot easier: I highly recommend E-Sword for any serious personal time learning from the Word. From time to time, I'll post things on my mind; bible studies I've done by myself or with my kids, favorite recipes I cook, and other things here and there. Enjoy!

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