In Matthew chapter seven, verses 24 through 27, Jesus says, “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torments and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
Jesus makes it clear in these verses that his teachings will give us a sense of peace and serenity if we follow them. When I was reading these verses tonight I thought about my paternal grandmother and how her wisdom always shined through; she was a woman of very few words who didn’t participate in gossip or anything of that nature. She chose her words carefully and most of the time if she responded at all it was with a facial expression. I didn’t understand this growing up, but now I marvel at the restraint that she had in order to avoid being drawn into conversations about others and the gossip and drama that can exist between family members. She really lived by the teachings of Jesus Christ, and it showed in her life; she was a wonderful role model for me.
Jesus tells us above that obeying his teachings as laid out in the Bible will sustain us through difficult times, and I saw this in my grandmother’s life. He came here and suffered so much in order to give us the gift of his wisdom, which he told us came from God himself. He wanted us to have this path to follow so that we are unlikely to transgress against other people, or ourselves, and we can live a life in which we emulate the love that he has for all of us, by channeling his love through our hearts to others.
The more I walk this path the more I see just how much obedience to the teachings of Christ requires restraint in speech and behavior. I act on impulse a lot, especially when it comes to speech, and this is something I have to pray about a lot (and ask forgiveness for when I fail to live up to the standards that Jesus has set for us). I want to fall into the first category in his examples above, not the second, and I continue to strive toward this goal and to pray for Christ to give me the strength to live up the example that my grandmother set for me for as long as I was graced by her presence.
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