KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 27:42 KJV” He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.”
The Lord was subjected to so much pain in the body. Another kind of pain that the multitude tried to subjected Him to, was mental torture. They made mockery and tried to incite Him to please them against God’s will. One area where most people fall is when others put pressure on them to act according to their expectations. There are also others who do not act according to the expectations of others but react negatively because of what someone or a group of people may be doing. All these falls within the scope of the pressure of others. Adam will not displease his wife Eve, and so had to join her in sinning against God. A woman decided to pay back her husband’s infidelity by going for another man. This is very wrong, yet that is what happens when you react to people’s actions.
In Samuel 14, the Lord instructed King Saul to go and utterly destroy the Amalekites. The verse nine said Saul and the people, spared Agag, the King of the Amalekites and the fat of the rams. This means although the Lord had said he should destroy everything of the Amalekites, He rather listened to the counsel of the people. They might have said, look at these fat rams and what do we gain by killing them? The Lord said to Samuel that, Saul had rejected Him.
King Herod killed John the Baptist because of the influence of his guests. Mat 14:9 KJV “And the king was sorry: nevertheless, for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.” How much are others pressurising you to do things you don’t have to do? Some people would not go to church, because of the behaviour of others. There are some husbands who decide not to be active in the house of God, because of their wives. Who is your Lord, your wife or Jesus?
How do you react to the insults and the wrong behaviours of others? Many homes are torn apart, because husband and wife are reacting to each other, and not to what God says.
Who is a matured person? He is the man, who lives independent of the action and inactions of others.
He lives on principle. You are not matured if your life is a constant reaction to what others say and do.
Every child of God must only be pressurised by the word of God.
That is to tremble at what the word of God says. Jesus did not allow any of what they said to move or influence Him. He never led His life by being controlled by any. man.
As children of God, we do not do what men want, or what they do to us, but what God wants to be done to and for men. Make this your principle for relating to others.
THOUGHT: LIVING A SUCCESSFUL LIFE IS DOING WHAT PLEASES GOD.
Matthew 27:43 KJV” He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.”
Psalms 1:1,2 KJV” Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”