Follow Me As I Follow Christ
Fleta R. Robinson
It was an uncomfortable morning. I responded to others in a self-righteous manner. That didn’t go over very well, not at all. I felt justified in doing so – responding in the same way I felt treated.
Wrong! Very wrong. Repentant tears came with an urge to respond to the wooing of the Holy Spirit; to ask His, and others, forgiveness – I did so. The day went better when, by God’s grace and help, I could forget about myself and my hurt feelings. I did my best to ignore (and forget about) the comments and accusations. I did my best to set feelings aside and handled the daily duties in an acceptable manner.
But on a shelf in my mind hurt feelings still perched.
Guests (delightful ones who became immediate friends) were cared for. I went to bed early and immediately into a sound sleep. How good of God!
Awakening early the next morning, the Scripture “Follow me as I follow Christ” was like a sign in my mind. Hmmm – St. Paul in the New Testament??
I looked it up. I Corinthians 11:1 and, yes, it was Paul. “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.” Another translation said, “Copy me, as I copy Christ.”
Not a word about the “virtues” of tit-for-tat, or I’ll treat-you-like-you-treat-me. I saw those attitudes for the trash they really are. Rather Scripture says:
“I am always thankful to God for . . . the gift of His grace . . . He has enriched your whole lives, from the words of your lips to the understanding in your hearts . . . He will keep you steadfast in the faith to the end . . . God is utterly dependable, and it is He who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord.”
The rebuke, and enabling, hit home. That’s FACT not feelings.
Thank You, Heavenly Father!