How Can I Be Like Jesus?
by Judy Webb
“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. (1 Peter 2:22-23 NIV)
A number of years ago there was a challenge question being tossed out when people didn’t know what to do next. “What Would Jesus Do?” Many dismissed this question as silly or unimportant, but just as many found it a helpful way to process a given situation. While some still consider this saying as trite and meaningless, I must admit that I will sometimes bring this to mind when attempting to wade through a problem or dilemma. I believe, for me, that when I am fighting my way through a Spiritual haze while discerning my next step, “what would Jesus do?” is an appropriate question to ask.
I have learned though that before this question can help me I do need to know Jesus – I need to be in His Word, to try and understand just what he would do, and why. Spending time with Jesus daily is key to life in general.
1 Peter 2:24b-25 (MSG)
“His wounds became your healing. You were lost sheep with no idea who are were or where you were going. Now you’re named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls.”
By getting to know God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit, it is easier to navigate the difficult questions and situations we land in. While the WWJD question has value, there is more to it. It is a first step, but we know that there is usually a second step too. A second part to this question or a follow up might be: How can I be like Jesus? (in this situation).
While not easy, especially during the times we are experiencing right now, being like Jesus will make the difference in so many ways. By holding back our quick come backs to a rude person, we may deflate a volatile situation. Knowing Jesus did not retaliate to the harsh treatment he received is reason enough for us to mirror his behavior.
So, my new trendy question is going to be, “How Can I Be Like Jesus?” May my actions speak louder than my quick and witty words.
Father, we have so much to learn about forgiveness and about relationships. Be patient as we learn to do what your Son Jesus, taught us to do. Show us how to act like your Son always, learning from the Bible.