Jesus attracted people to him. Do you think if Jesus was a negative personality, had an unhappy appearance people would have flocked to him? No I am tired, I haven’t eaten, nor slept in days, I have no time to mess with these puny people. All they want from me is to have their cup filled. When do I get my cup filled? Where is my me time?
How was Jesus able to be so joyful?
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.” John 15:9-17
Throughout the bible we consistently see how Jesus took time for people. He stopped what he was doing, listened, healed, gave wisdom, and shared his father’s love to all that came near. As Jesus distributed love to his community and the world, we too are called to follow his example. Because we are believers Christ dwells in us. His ability to listen, grant peace, grace, and mercy is inside each of us. Through the Holy Spirit and our faith we have the same capacity that Jesus did. We have the personality of Christ within each of us. As Jesus is the light to the world, we also have his light within us. Our duty now is to accept this truth, shine this light and show others through our faith that we can and should lighten, brighten others day just as he did and does for us. Use his lenses, look at people with the love, forgiveness, grace, mercy, and peace that he has bestowed on us. This will in turn change our thought process and help us to be more like him each and every day that we practice this type of unconditional love. Happiness givers are not made but are born of Christ by his loving example.
Love in Action
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.
Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:9-21)
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