“Jesus didn’t wait until we got better to die for us. He died when we were in our most unlovely state. The person who doesn’t deserve love actually needs love more, not less. If you know someone unworthy of love, that’s great! You now have a chance to emulate Christ, because the essence of His love is unconditional.” Tony Evans
Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man by Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” John 13:15
God calls you to invest in the lives of others. If you are a follower of Christ you are in the people business giving your life helping others to grow closer to the Savior. The only question facing you is how you go about influencing them for Christ.
Positive commands are ambiguous, for how do you know what their enactment ought to look like? What constitutes biblical giving or servanthood? Essentially there are two ways you can impart positive commands to others: You can tell them what it looks like, in which case they meet your expectations, or you can teach by example.
Obviously, the former is far easier than the latter, especially when it comes to children. You tell your child what constitutes servanthood. You command that they give to others a certain percent of their earnings. And so forth. You find very little in the Bible by way of specific teaching on what constitutes obeying positive commands. Paul gives specifics on love in I Corinthians 13, but spends more time teaching what it is not than what it is.
You face the risk of your pupil not emulating you when you teach by example. Yet this appears to be the preferred method encouraged in the Word of God. “Set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”154 Teaching others is never easy, but you will find that example combined with prayer does a better job than insisting that others meet your requirements.
154 I Timothy 4:12
Judges 9-10 Luke 5:17-39 (New King James Version)
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Mark 11:24 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
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