2195 Finding God in the mysteries of every day
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Galatians 5: 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
Did you ever regret a moment? Did you ever wonder what would have happened if you had just kept quiet and not responded to some provocation or other? What Jesus do we represent before other people? Perhaps it is the quiet Jesus holding the lamb on his shoulder, or perhaps it is the mighty Jesus standing on the prow of the ship speaking with such authority that the wind and the waves obey him. Maybe it is the laughing Jesus as he tells is parables to the crowds, or perhaps it is the angry and affronted Jesus who turns over the money changers tables in the temple courts. This is a very complex issue if we are merely “mimicking” what we think Jesus would have done.
The unfortunate thing here is that “in the moment” most of us, myself included, are too slow on the uptake to read the situation and respond in a Christlike manner. Here, is where the infilling of the Holy Spirit is so essential. But, it is not a “one and done” sort of thing. Paul remonstrated the Ephesians (Ephesians 5:18) to be “continually being filled” with the Holy Spirit. (my translation). In other words we must apply ourselves every moment to listen to our Master’s voice.