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This week’s Bible Reflections are by Cara Grant
Long ago, in a dimly lit room in Jerusalem, a group of men were sharing the Passover together. During the meal their leader quietly got up, wrapped a towel round his waist, poured water into a bowl, and began washing his companions’ feet. Like a servant. “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet,” Jesus said, “you also should wash one another’s feet…you should do as I have done for you” (see John 13:1-17). Jesus’ servant-love shocked them that night, and went on to turn the world upside down. In yesterday’s Bible verse, we heard James ask, ‘who is wise among you?’ The whole Bible replies that true wisdom comes from knowing God, from trusting him, and from humbly submitting our lives to his loving power and authority. In today’s verse, James emphasises how genuine Christian faith must show not just in what we say, but in what we do…and in how we do it! Christian faith is love with a towel wrapped round its waist: active servant-love. Do you and I show faith and love with Christ-like humility? ‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves’ (Philippians 2:3). Our heavenly Father loves us in spite of our failure to love others perfectly. Jesus, our Servant-King, welcomes us into his kingdom with arms opened wide in forgiveness.
Precious Lord, your great mercy and love for me are humbling. Help me to live my faith with Christ-like humility. Amen.
Taken from: Living Light Bible Reading, produced by Nationwide Christian Trust, Mulberry House, Chelmsford Road, High Ongar, Essex, CM5 9NL
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