Re: Why do you think people were drawn to Jesus?
Hi, Sandfly! Thanks for your response.
There are so many sayings from the Bible that I love. I appreciate the one you focused on, about having two masters. A big problem American churches have is that they are so focused on money. Gosh, that is a whole other thread in itself!
I think the saying I would like to focus on, because it is so apropos of this site, is this: It is from the heart that the mouth speaks.
Jesus understood people. He looked beyond their behavior, which is so focused on here, and looked into their hearts. He saw their selfishness, their shortsightedness, their laziness, and deceitfulness, and loved them anyway. He knew everything bad about people, and loved them anyway. He knew they would kill him, and he loved them anyway. Jesus's life was just pure giving.
Jesus could do that because he was a secure man. He knew who he was, what he believed in, and what he wanted to do. He didn't need people to tell him he was okay. He didn't need to fit in. He just knew what was right and he did it.
And he walked the last mile alone.
It does not take any courage at all to join in on bashing someone or a group of people. It does not take any courage to tell someone everything that is wrong with him or her. It does take some kindness, and patience, and compassion to listen to that person, seek to understand, and try to heal their heart. And to me, this site is all about healing hearts. There are so very many hurting hearts here, and in our world.
I am so glad for the teachings of Jesus. I think he was such an inspiring man. I wish I could see more of his teachings reflected in the lives of his followers, or at least a little more humility in acknowledging their shortcomings.
Honestly, I wish I would see more of his teachings reflected in my own life.
I think Jesus asked people to be honest with themselves. When we are honest with ourselves, when we see just how short we fall, we become more understanding of others. We see just how much we and they need compassion. We say, "Help me understand," and, "How can I help?" We move off judgment and into caring for one another.
I think people were drawn to Jesus because of his love. They just felt it. When you are bathed in love, you just don't want to be away from it. It heals you and cleanses you and makes you want to be kind to others. Love is the start.
This is why I believe in attachment parenting, active listening, and other gentle, insightful approaches to dealing with humanity. These things focus on healing and uplifting people.
It is hard to keep a positive outlook when so much around us is negative. I am so grateful for my dh -- he is the example of Jesus in my life. Do you know 1 Corinthians 13:4-7? I can put my dh's name in there. To me he totally fits that passage.
I heard a minister speak to husbands once, telling them that they were Jesus to their wives, that their wives put the same trust in them that they would put in Jesus. Pretty overwhelming for those husbands, I'm sure. But truthful from the viewpoint of at least some of those wives, I am also sure.
Again, thanks for your post.
One of the deepest feminine pleasures is when a man stands full, present, and unreactive in the midst of his woman's emotional storms. When he stays present with her, and loves her through the layers of wildness and closure, then she feels his trustability, and she can relax. -- David Deida, The Way of the Superior Man