Reflections: Jesus as our example


Reflection: Jesus as our example

We often use Jesus as our example to pave the way for our thoughts and actions. We look to Him as our High Priest for grace and mercy in times of needs. (Hebrews 4:15-16) But how often do we find ourselves saying this, “But Jesus is God, Almighty. He has all the power available to Him.” And therefore, we think it is difficult to use Jesus as a benchmark for everything that we measure ourselves against, as He is God and also a perfect man. At least, for myself, I often say that.

However, there is one fact, that we tend to forget. Although Jesus was God, Jesus Christ was also man. The title “Son of God” points and directs us to Jesus’ deity yet there is another title “Son of Man” which points and remind us of Jesus’ human status.

The Bible tells us this, “Have this attitude in yourself, which was also in Christ Jesus. who although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found the appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8)

Just as Jesus was fully man, having basic needs such hunger and rest (Jesus was hungry after fasting 40 days in wilderness), He drew His strength from God the Father. Therefore, it is possible tor us to follow the footsteps of Jesus, as we remember His human suffering while He was on earth! Jesus came to earth to show us God but lived as man as we are (but without sin). As Jesus drew His strength from the Father, so we draw our strength from Jesus who is the one who redeems us from sin and the one who draws us back to reconciliation to the Father! Because Jesus overcame, we can overcome!

God bless you!

Serving with you in His kingdom with love;
Princess Michelle –
Beloved Daughter of the Most High King

Reflections: Love is a choice


Love is a choice!

Reflecting upon an incident that took place several years ago… And as I thought about it, there’s one thing that is clear. Since God created the world, He knows the past, the present and the future. He sometimes preamps His children about what it is to come and it is up to them to choose to decide their attitude.

Some how it always amazes me when I reflect on the incident on Judah’s betrayal of Jesus. Jesus knew everything from the start and yet He still chose to love Judah and did not harbour any negative thoughts about him… Throughout, Jesus’s heart towards Judah is one of kindness, forgiveness and mercy. This brought me to an incident which has personally took place in my life.

God asked me this question once (many years ago) regarding a friend whom I love dearly. He asked” “Would you still love him and regard him as friend, if one day he did something that would hurt you?” It was a honest and hard question, I eventually replied “Yes” not fully understanding what it meant.

The “hurt” that my friend caused me, eventually happened many years after the Lord has asked me that question. When I was dealing with the hurt, God reminded me about the question He asked me years ago….. I honestly struggled with it. I realised and learnt from Jesus that, love is a choice. Knowing that you are going to be hurt and still choose to love and forgive him is a deliberate choice.

Dealing with the pain, God asked. “Are you willing to give up that pain to Me and still love your friend?”

I had to make a choice – to be angry with my friend whom I love, or trust God to graciously help me deal with the hurt and than forgive and love him the way Jesus has dealt with Judah!

It is a hard choice, but since I treasure the friendship so much, I had to put aside the hurt if I really wanted to keep him.. Honestly, it still hurts every now and than when I think of my friend, but I have chosen to think of the positive things that has happened. The longer I harbour and think of all the negative things that has happened, the further I will cause the friendship to drift.

Love and hate is a choice. Choose wisely!

Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;
Princess Michelle –
Beloved Daughter of the Most High King