Life is much better and more satisfying when we stop living a me-centric life, and start following God’s will for us to become loving people.
What does it mean to be passionate for God? When was a time you were the most passionate about your relationship with God? What is your relationship with God like at present? Are you passionate or are you hardened?
Once our faith in God is strong, it becomes easy to overcome the temptation to be cynical in human relationships.
One of the most distinctive qualities of Jesus’s teaching is his ability to bring clarity out of complexity.
The next time you feel like you are foolish and don’t understand something, remember Jesus, like God, is patient and will work you through things until they are clear. He will comfort you along the way, easing your anxiety and bringing clarity to the complexity.
Jesus was sent by God to be the chief persuader. He was on a mission to convince, and in John 11:32-44 he is faced with grief, one of the most traumatic afflictions of faith any human being can experience. The sisters of Lazarus had watched their brother die when Jesus failed to arrive, and were plunged into deep grief accompanied by doubt. This grieving doubt had an emotional effect on Jesus as Scripture says he was “deeply moved” (John 11:33,38).
Redefining our view of Jesus should include not only identifying compassion in his life, but exhibiting compassion in our own.