Performing miracles has been Jesus' way of letting us see the side of Him that which is but holy and mighty. We can be like Him in our everyday lives, being a blessing to others no matter how trivial it may seem, little acts of kindness that go a long way in God's eyes.
Sometimes we do things for reasons we ourselves cannot explain. The only reason I often come up with when I do things the way I do is because I love. Period. When you love, reasons are frequently inconsequential.
Suffering for others is a dimension only the heart can comprehend. Logic does not work when love is the basis. The greatest commandment is love, so what logic do we still need for that. It's nothing but commonsense. "The most clever among men is not necessarily the most genius among them, but he who uses his commonsense always. Going to heaven needs commonsense, too. Then, whether you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Giving glory to God is as simple as waking up in the morning and having the thought that I am still alive and will aim at doing my work well and in the process give happiness to the people who depend on me.
Christ-like is being at peace with yourself and having that peace serve as light to others.
Toxic faith happens when we rely so much on literally interpreting the words. Words are merely words when not put into action. They only become signifiant when we apply what we believe and utter.
Read this from one of Max Lucado's teachings, really nice:
"As long as you think you can control people’s behavior toward you, you are held in bondage by their opinions. If you think you can control their opinion and their opinion isn’t positive, then guess who you have to blame? Yourself.
It’s a game with unfair rules and fatal finishes. Jesus didn’t play it, nor should you.
I can’t assure you that your family will ever give you the blessing you seek, but I know God will. Let God give you what your family doesn’t. If your earthly father doesn’t affirm you, then let your heavenly Father take his place.
Having your family’s approval is desirable but not necessary for happiness and not always possible. Jesus did not let the difficult dynamic of his family overshadow his call from God. And because he didn’t, this chapter has a happy ending.
What happened to Jesus’ family?
Mine with me a golden nugget hidden in a vein of the Book of Acts. “Then [the disciples] went back to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.… They all continued praying together with some women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and Jesus’ brothers” (Acts 1:12, 14, emphasis added).
What a change! The ones who mocked him now worship him. The ones who pitied him now pray for him. What if Jesus had disowned them? Or worse still, what if he’d suffocated his family with his demand for change?
He didn’t. He instead gave them space, time, and grace. And because he did, they changed. How much did they change? One brother became an apostle (Gal. 1:19) and others became missionaries (1 Cor. 9:5).
So don’t lose heart. God still changes families.
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