In John chapter ten, verses fourteen through sixteen, Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd, I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.”
I really like the pastoral imagery of these verses; Jesus is likening all of his followers to a flock under his protection. He makes it clear in these verses that he has other sheep as well that he must bring into the fold, meaning anyone who hears his teaching and believes in him as the Son of God and wants to live a life of obedience to his teachings.
When I interacted with Christ while using a legal substance, I was amazed at the depth of his love for all of humanity. His mercy and compassion for human beings was something that I struggle to put into words; he simply loves all of us from the depth of his being. He knows all of our struggles from the day we are born, and this is one reason he commanded us to love others as ourselves; even though when we are interacting with others we cannot understand sometimes why they say or do certain things, Christ knows exactly what motivates each person’s behavior.
When we obey Christ’s commandment to love our neighbors, we are trusting in him and what he knows, and what he understands that we don’t about other human beings. We are connecting to his compassion as someone who knows every intimate detail about each person’s lives, and the pain that motivates others to act in ways that may be confusing to us, or even offensive or painful. He wants us to trust in his love for them, and to channel his love through our own hearts, even if we are confused and bewildered sometimes by the behavior of others.
I interacted with Christ as the consciousness of the Sun, our star, and his light and his love seem to be synonymous in some ways. His bright shining light seems to reflect the optimism of his being, and how he wants us to live our lives in the present and be optimistic and positive about our circumstances, and pray and have faith about the things that we don’t understand. He deeply loves every human being and he wants us to love others like he loves us, and to trust in his understanding of others when we can’t get comfort from our own limited knowledge.
He also wants us to act in loving ways toward others so that we represent him accurately and others will be drawn to him and the Salvation he promises us through repentance and forgiveness of our transgressions. We have to remember to reflect this love so that others will see Christ working in our lives and desire what peace and serenity comes through his Salvation. Sometimes I fall short of this and when I do I feel such disappointment in myself for forgetting that as Christians we are representatives of Christ and the Salvation he can bring to everyone, if we will only come to him and accept it. I have to remind myself that Christ deeply wants everyone to become a part of his flock, like he says in the verses above, and the last thing I want to do is fail in my duty to reflect his love, peace, and serenity to others.
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