Having character doesn’t mean you are perfect. It means you have an inner standard that cares about others more than yourself. That’s taken from Dr. Kevin Leman & this is a truly scriptural perspective of Christ like character.
Do we realize that Jesus esteemed us better than Himself? That He raised the bar for us. That He set the standard when He went to the cross? Philippians 2:1-3 “If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”
That word consolation means this:
instructive, admonitory, conciliatory, powerful hortatory discourse
There was a message in His life! He demonstrated true character and left us with instruction. A powerful exhortation of the discourse we should follow. His stirring address was this, that we esteem one another better than ourselves. That we set that inner standard within ourselves to love. I ascertain that to do so is to find the comfort of love, to have fellowship of the Spirit and to truly have bowels of mercies.
Did Jesus have a gut feeling? That’s bowels of mercies! I want to have a gut feeling!
You know that passage where God raises up a standard against the enemy? (Isaiah 59:19) I can almost picture Him saying, “Oh no! You can’t touch them! I have loved them and esteemed them more than Myself! Meet my standard!”
Where is that “gut feeling”?
Lord, I ask that you would provoke even more in me that “gut feeling”. Amen.