While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss? When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, Lord, should we strike with our swords? And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, No more of this! And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. Luke 22: 47-51
This passage amazes me. It would have been understandable for there have been a bit of a skirmish at Jesus’ arrest. But Jesus’ way was different.
It seems here that the Kingdom of God advances through Jesus’ obedience, compassion, forgiveness and healing. Grace or “unmerited favour” is Jesus’ way.
For us Jesus followers that’s the way it’s meant to be in our relationships too. No lashing out; instead our behaviour reflects obedience to God’s word, compassion, forgiveness and brings healing.
I find this challenging at a number of levels… what could you ask God to help you change?
Prayer (as a couple)
Dear Lord. Thank you for Jesus and the clear way he reflects who you are and what you are like and shows us how to be. Father God forgive me when I mess up, in particular help me to be more …. and less …..
Strengthen and guide me through your word and through the Holy Spirit. Help me to be obedient, compassionate, forgiving and to bring healing. Amen
Prayer (for others)
Dear Lord. We thank you for …. and …. and for couples all across our country. Please help them to behave in a way that pleases you. Please help those that follow you to be more like you so that you may be glorified. Amen
“… Yet not my will, but yours be done” Luke 22.42