Week 38 2/5/2017
Title of drawing: "His Will" (Luke 22, Mark 18, John 17)
Jesus fervently sought the listening ear and loving heart of the Father for an alternative to the cross. Finding none he prayerfully prepared himself and decided to begin what would be the hardest most painful act of obedience and love anyone can imagine.
Everything Jesus does is redeeming. Even in the face of impending self-sacrifice, the very reason he came into this world, Jesus aligned himself with redemption because it was God's will and purpose.
And when arrested he rebuked Peter who cut off the ear of a servant to the high priest trying to prevent Jesus' arrest. Jesus immediately healed the wounded man reattaching his ear and conveniently illustrated that it takes more strength to listen than it does to lash out with a sword and try to control a situation with sheer force. Proverbs 16:32 says, "Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city."
Communion with our Heavenly Father develops patience and patience will develop experience. I believe empathy will come with experience and develop an ear that listens rather than a clenched fist ready to fight.
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