Matthew 11: 28-30
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon
you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Learn from me… Those are Jesus’s words. Not sure what to do during this turbulent time. Look to Jesus, he faced much worse. With Easter fast approaching, it’s a great time to spend some time in the four gospels and look at Jesus’s life, what he did and how he did it. A few things stand out for me.
Jesus often spent time in prayer with his Father. He seemed to draw strength and wisdom from his alone time with God. The same will happen for us when we take the time to study God’s Word and connect with him.
Jesus loved others. No matter how busy he was, he never refused to help others who needed something from him. We may not be able to go out and about right now to see people, but there are other ways to love people. I have to tell you I am seeing some pretty hateful and angry posts on social media from Christians. Social media is a great way to connect with others right now while we’re all being asked to stay home and away from others, but show love–not fear; not anger; not sadness. This is a great opportunity to show what it means to be a Christian.
Jesus forgave others. While he was dying on the cross, Jesus prayed for God to forgive those who put him on that cross. We need to do the same. We need to be willing to forgive others when they hurt us in some way. We need to give others the benefit of the doubt. We’re all stressed. We’re all worried about something or someone. We’re all experiencing the same thing. Not to mention, we’re all cooped up with the same people. When someone says or does something that’s mean or hurtful, be willing to forgive them.
YOUR TURN: I gave three examples of what we can learn from Jesus and his actions, but there’s many more things we can learn. Share one with us!