I often hear people declare that we should treat one another how Jesus treated people or told us to treat them…this is often done while questioning or condemning one person’s behavior toward another person. I have no doubt in my mind that we should treat people exactly as Jesus instructed and modeled. What I think most people (who desire to glorify and obey Jesus) often struggle with is…which example?
– how he treated or spoke to the Pharisees?
– how he treated or spoke to the rich young ruler?
– how he treated or spoke to the disciples?
– how he treated or spoke to Peter?
– how he treated or spoke to the woman caught in adultery?
– how he treated or spoke to the money changers in the temple?
– how he treated or spoke to Mary Magdalene?
– how he treated or spoke to Martha, the sister of Lazarus?
– how he treated or spoke to the demoniac of the Gadarenes?
– how he treated or spoke to Judas?
– how he treated or spoke to the multitudes?
A couple of friends shared their answers in this way:
“Jesus always said what was best for them to hear (Agape love), not what made them feel good in the heart (Phileo love). No doubt we need the Holy Spirit to help us discern how to say and do what is best for others and not necessarily what makes us feel good about each other. I’ve missed it more times than I care to admit.”Mike Gonzales
“Jesus knew the heart and circumstances of each person to whom He spoke. He always gave the perfect response because of His divine nature. Different people required different responses to get the point across.Gerald Griggs
How can we emulate Christ? We aren’t divine. However, we have the Holy Spirit inside of us. We need to let Him guide us. In boot camp, the DI’s told us to engage our brain before we engage our mouth. That is good advice for anyone. Even more so for Christians.”
What are some other examples?
How did Jesus see each instance differently?
What did Jesus see differently?
How can we love, exhort and rebuke just the way Jesus did?