Friday, April 1st, 2022
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
— John 14:9 – ESV —
“Love is patient.”
1 Corinthians 13:4
Bible Reading • John 14
I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.”
In the Bible reading today, we know that Jesus is speaking with His disciples and three of them are mentioned by name; Thomas, Philip and Judas, (not Iscariot), asking questions of Jesus.
- Thomas said to Jesus: “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”
- Philip said to Jesus,: “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”
- Judas (not Iscariot) said to Jesus: “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?”
After spending three years with Jesus and witnessing all He had done and all He had spoken, the disciples had not fully grasp who Jesus is. But, Jesus was not upset or angry with them, He was patient with them. Jesus could have spoken to them sternly instead, Jesus tells them, that they had seen God the entire time they were with Him.
“No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” ~John 1:18 (ESV)
Jesus is love, love is patient; therefore, Jesus is patient not only with the disciples at that time but He is ever-so patient with all of us.
Challenge 🤔 Questions
◾️ Who do you struggle to show patience towards?
- I am impatient, I struggle to express/display patience. I have been working on this intentionally for at least the past two years. It is my job that I struggle the most with my impatience. I am doing much better, I can now recognize things that trigger my emotional responses. My intentions are never truly meant to be personal but they can and have been received as personal, as I have been told. My experience has taught me that I am much more likely to become impatient with things/people that I care deeply about. I am competitive and passionate about my job; I have been told that I sometimes take it too seriously. Truth is it wasn’t too serious, I just take it too personal from time to time. Don’t misunderstand, what I do is important but at the end of the day it is a job and not who I am. I am a person who performs an important job, not necessarily an important person. Pride wiggling it’s way into my heart and my actions, where it simply does not belong. Just as we should be patient with others, the same applies to ourselves. The love we extend to others comes from within and should always be extended to SELF. In a world where we can be anything, BE KIND.
Ask Jesus to work His patience in you and through you as you love those you struggle with. The next time you are tempted to respond sternly:
- Consider giving yourself a time-out.
- Step away from the situation for a few minutes to take a few breaths.
- Ask God to show you how you can reveal His character.
Then, go back and love that person as Jesus loved His disciples.
— B • R • E • A • T • H • E —
📚 • 📚 Further Study 📚 • 📚
Jesus Calms a Storm
A Samaritan Village Rejects Jesus
Friends, it is a delight to be able to share this Lenten season with you. I am blessed by your support and kindness. Happy April everyone!
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~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.