Washing of the Feet

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Ahh…what an amazing verse, a picture of humility, grace, forgiveness and mercy. The Lord who washed His disciples feet, such a humbling act.

A Teacher who washed His disciples feet. A Master who did the work of the lowliest servant. If there’s one person in the room who was worthy of having his feet washed it was Him. That’s humility.

He knew that Peter will deny Him, He knew that Judas will betray Him, He knew so well that the rest will abandon Him, they were not worthy of having their feet washed still The Lord did it anyway. That’s grace.

He knew what these men were about to do, yet He forgave them even before they committed it. He offered mercy before they even sought it.

It is easy to wash other’s feet but extending grace and forgiving others especially those who wronged me is quite hard to do. Humbling myself to others even if I didn’t do anything wrong is not easy.

Oftentimes I think like this ” I didn’t do anything wrong, this person hurt me” neither Jesus, the one who’s worthy of being served, served others. The one who was innocent, bore my sins and died for me. He extended grace towards me, He forgave my sins and died for me. Yes I ought to do that to others.

If I then, your Lord and Teacher (Master), have washed your feet, you ought [it is your duty, you are under obligation, you owe it] to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you this as an example, so that you should do [in your turn] what I have done to you. (John 13:14, 15 AMP)

Lord, your heart is truly amazing, You’ve asked me to do the same. It may seem hard, it is actually hard. However you made it possible. May you give me the willingness to forgive and extend grace to others.

ReThinking John 3:16 and 17

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“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. (John 3:16-17MSG)

WOW, Jesus didn’t come to judge to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on, He came to save the world. Jesus didn’t but…….

I sometimes judge people based on their religion or denominational affiliation.
I sometimes judge people based on their ethnicity.
I sometimes judge people based on their political affiliation.
I sometimes judge people based on their on their opinion.
I sometimes judge people based on their beliefs.
I sometimes judge people based on their sexuality.

God loves everyone and I think the best way to share the gospel is by loving others. That seems easy but …… It’s hard to do.

Oh Lord forgive my indifference. May you break my heart and love the people the way You love them.

John 2 verses 17 and 18 remind me

                                            ….that I am that house.

Then to those who sold the doves He said, Take these things away (out of here)! Make not My Father’s house a house of merchandise (a marketplace, a sales shop)! [Ps. 93:5.] And His disciples remembered that it is written [in the Holy Scriptures], Zeal (the fervor of love) for Your house will eat Me up. [I will be consumed with jealousy for the honor of Your house.] [Ps. 69:9.] (John 2:16, 17 AMP)

If I may paraphrase verse 17 I will be consumed with jealousy for the honor of you (Jhunnelle) all the insults, the critics, the ugly things that were said about you have fallen on me. I am your defender every time satan accuses you of something.

I feel for you. I understand your struggles. I know your needs and remember these things

You are cleansed.
You are loved.
You are forgiven.
You are accepted.
You are precious.
You are my masterpiece.
I’m your righteousness.
You are my daughter
You are mine
You are blameless in the Father’s sight.
You are set apart.
You are above reproach.
I have crowned you with honor and glory.

More of You…….Lord

imageHe must increase, but I must decrease. [He must grow more prominent; I must grow less so.] [Isa. 9:7.] (John 3:30 AMP)

More of you Lord, less of me.

Your desires not mine.

Your plans not mine.

Your dreams not mine.

Your will not mine.

Your thoughts no mine.

Your ministry not mine.

Your strength not mine.

Your love not mine.

Your work not mine.

Your wisdom not mine.

Your happiness not mine.

Your humility not mine.

Your character not mine

Your life not mine.