"Love each other as I have loved you! That is not a suggestion, but a necessity if you want to be in My perfect will. I love you so much that I have given you access to My heart without restriction. I have given you Myself through Jesus. I have also given you mercy, grace, and absolute forgiveness through Him. Love like that! It is My way. It is required of you if you say that you follow Jesus."
Exodus 33:13 NIV
"If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people."
2 Chr 16:9a NIV
"For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him..."
If you say that you are a follower of Jesus, you have a life pattern to follow. He lived in a very visible way, so that we could live that way also. We have been given His very life within us, so that He can actually live His life through us, if we surrender fully to Him.
Why is it, then, that so few people recognize Jesus when they see us? Why don't people want to live for Him and follow His ways, if His ways are so evident in our daily activities and relationships? God's Word has never changed. Jesus certainly hasn't changed. Maybe it's us! Maybe we are saying that we are followers of Jesus, but we really follow our own desires for living.
Teach me to follow Your ways, Lord,