Just Like Joe

In Luke 6, Jesus teaches, “… bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you …  and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.”  Then He discusses being judgmental—which is the opposite of God, who is kind to ungrateful and evil men.  Are you truly saved, professing Christian?  The proof is in the pudding:  “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”

It is much better to be like Joseph.  Like him, I too (to a lesser degree) experienced being stripped of all I had, shooed utterly away, and punished unjustly.  But unlike Joseph (and the Lord), being mistreated rubs me wrong; in my flesh I cannot respond like God—who is merciful.

But (I love those buts!!)  We’re learning about Joseph:

Injustice, mishaps, and long waiting periods did not thwart Joseph from hoping in God.

And when he faced the brothers who’d done him wrong, we see the character Jesus taught us:  “I am Joseph!” (JOY, SELFLESSNESS)  His concern was his father’s welfare (COMPASSION). When his brothers were dumfounded, he drew them near (LOVE, GENTLENESS, GOODNESS).  He assured them he was the brother they sold as a slave. (FORGIVENESS).  He told them not to beat themselves up over it.  (PEACE, KINDNESS, COMFORT)  He reminded them it was all God’s doing. (GOD-GLORIFYING)

So the question of the day is, Who do you look like?  Are you His?  Or are you still covering your own assets, so to speak? Do you, like Joseph, see The Big Picture?  Does what you are doing match what you say you believe?  Are you unkind to those you perceive as enemies?  Or are you Just Like Joe… kind, compassionate, and forgiving?

Now, a special note for those enduring a trial: take to heart these famous promises:

Romans 5:3-4  tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;

James 1:2-4  Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Philippians 4;13  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

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