This top ten teaching of Jesus is the Achilles heel of almost every Christian. This teaching strikes at the core of a Christian’s walk with Christ by revealing Christ’s place in your life. Today we will dwell on Christ’s transforming work in you and next week on pointing others to Christ through Christ in you.
Jesus taught non-stop about love, but love is a result of the root systems that feed it. The root systems that go against this Scripture are pride, selfishness, envy, unforgiveness, impatience, anger, and putting yourself as number one. A good root system that produces love in you will come from your relationship with Christ, resulting in putting others first, patience, generosity, pleasing others, and serving others. This requires the full breadth of God’s love in your life.
Romans 15:2 calls you not to trample others, but build them up, “Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” (NIV) Rom 15:3 shows how Jesus practiced what He preached, “For even Christ did not please Himself but, as it is written: ‘The insults of those who insult you have fallen on Me.’" (NIV) It was not easy for Jesus to put others before Himself. Jesus did so by placing Himself squarely in the center of His Father’s lap. His Father’s love and power sustained and supported Jesus not with the roots of selfishness, anger, hatred, envy, pride, but fed the roots of service, mercy, kindness, humility, so that He lived life boldly through the power of God.
Do you know someone who needs this message on dealing with problem relationships? If so, forward this devotion to them as a blessing for their growth in Christ.