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A light bulb went on for me this morning during my devotional reading in John 13.

It involves the question of why some people choose humility as a life pattern while others do not.

I had long viewed humility as a sign of internal strength rather than weakness. But why Jesus so frequently and so clearly displayed humility wasn’t as clear to me previously as it now is.

“Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.” (vv. 3-5 NLT).

Jesus had the internal strength of knowing that God had chosen Him for a special mission to save souls, He knew that He faced no challenge greater than His ability to overcome and He knew that His personal relationship with the Father was absolutely solid and that Father and Son would be reunited forever.

With that assurance and sense of purpose, Jesus knew that no matter how menial a task might be in the world’s eyes — even to the point of perceived humiliation — He was still Almighty God’s child entrusted with a vital ministry until He went home to His Abba Father.

His emotional security was based not upon what He was doing at the moment but instead upon the certainty of His spiritual relationship with His Father.

Hmmm…..

The more confidence we have in our eternal relationship with God, the more willing we’ll be to display humility on behalf of others.

Humility is never about weakness. It’s always about strength.

Humbly look to serve rather than pridefully looking to be served.
Humbly forgive rather than pridefully craving apologies from others.
Humbly donate to others’ needs rather than pridefully acting entitled to be given things.
Humbly apologize for misunderstandings and bruised feelings even when others share the blame.

Such choices don’t devalue us, no matter what lies Satan might be whispering to our minds. Instead, they show the value we place on our confidence in God’s love and His promise of eternity with Him.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Thanks, Solomon. Everybody needs this reminder.

“The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking”
(Proverbs 15:28).

Nobody would close their eyes and then jump off a sinking ship toward a lifeboat being tossed to and fro by the waves. No, we’d have eyes wide open so as to make sure that we landed in the boat.

Yet, when we talk before thinking, we’re essentially jumping without looking. Not a smart move.

Let’s think about how our words will be understood. Let’s consider if our words will build cooperative spirits or build hurt feelings and high walls.

As bullets can’t be reeled back into a barrel, our words can’t retroactively be unsaid. Let’s speak words that heal, words that help, words the encourage, words that guide, words that protect, words that warn.

The world already has enough words flying around that condemn, that curse, that corrupt, that criticize.

As always, I love you
Martin

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The next time somebody irritates you, please remember these words:

“Gentle words are a tree of life;
a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
” (Proverbs 15:4)

One approach builds influence.
The other builds walls.

Let’s build wisely, my friend.
Let’s build bridges over troubled water, one gentle word at a time.

As always, I love you
Martin

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The crowd told Jesus that they needed to see more miracles before they’d believe He was from God (John 6:30).

It wasn’t enough for them that His past teachings and miracles had verified His Messianic status.

They wanted to call the shots not unlike an idol-worshipper falling at the feet of something crafted as a self-serving pseudo-god.

Jesus told the crowd (6:32-40) that He didn’t come to give them miracles but instead to give them bread and water. His bread of life and living water.

Impressive, authentic miracles last for a moment and don’t nourish the soul the way that His bread and His water do.

Faith isn’t about “What have you done for me lately?” Instead, it is a matter of what Jesus does for us eternally.

The bread and water await you, my friend. Please join me at the table.

As always, I love you
Martin

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A lot of people have moments of being happy because of doing or getting what they want.

But true joy only comes to those doing what God wants.

“There is joy for those who deal justly with others and always do what is right.” (Psalm 106:3)

Let’s harvest some joy today, my friends.

Our corner of the world will be a better place for it.

As always, I love you
Martin

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