Isaiah says for us to “cast up the highway; gather out the stones”.
Cast up the highway? Or modern day terms: “take the high road”.—-choose carefully how you react to situations, how you represent your God.
Gather out the stones? —-if you see something that has the potential of harming a person, physically or spiritually, get it out of the way. Look out for others.
We aren’t living this life just for ourselves. We are here to glorify Jesus. We can do that by showing His love to others.
Live a life that can be followed after.
Jehoshaphat was a king that loved God and kept his commandments. He protected the walls of his cities with armies of men. He removed false gods from within his kingdom. He also had the book of the law of The Lord taught throughout his land.
As a result he was honored by God, respected by man and his kingdom was made to prosper.
Most of us are looking for those same results. Simply follow Jehoshaphat’s example.
Make Jesus your King. Be conscious of what you allow in your life. Remove yourself from temptations. And diligently study the Word.
With your focus on Christ and ban on Satan your life will show the same results Jehoshaphat reaped.
What’s your reaction when you feel like you’re being wrongly accused? Or that you’re suffering blamelessly?
Is it defensiveness?
Do you act on it? Do you throw back hateful words? Do you seek revenge on the person? Do you seek to validate yourself and/or your actions?
Christ gave us the example to follow. He was reviled, but reviled not. He suffered, but did it silently.
He trusted God with the outcome.
Sometimes people may try to get under your skin…they might falsely accuse you. But instead of retaliation, Jesus teaches us to seek peace, to endure the suffering for righteousness’ sake happily even and without fear.
It’s hard…but expected.
Entrust your outcome to Jesus. He has the final word.
Love your enemies.
Jesus loves us, the very people that nailed him to the cross.
Return evil with good.
It was our sins that he had to die for, yet he blessed us with an option to spend eternity with Him in Glory.
Pray for those that use you.
Jesus hung on the cross and prayed “Father, forgive them for they no not what they do” as they crucified him.
Give without expectations.
He gave His life for us, each and every one of us, knowing that the decision would be ours to accept his sacrifice or decline it.
In our flesh we don’t want to do good to our enemies, let alone pray for them and love them. In our flesh we always want something for what we’ve given.
But in Jesus we aren’t our ruled by our flesh.
In Jesus we are transformed to be like Him.
Live the example that Jesus gave us on the cross.
“…Lead me not into temptation…”
Imagine how much better our day would be if we began it with that prayer.