What would Jesus do?
These are four familiar words that we put on our bracelets and clothes, but do we ever really take time to think about the significance of them? I personally wear my WWJD bracelet every day, but I think it could become more of a fashion statement than a truthful reminder if we aren’t careful.
Jesus responds in love. When He lived on the earth, He made it a priority to respond to people with love. He responded this way even when the people He was closest to left and betrayed Him.
When we see “WWJD,” we should think about how often Jesus loved His enemies (and His friends) even when they chose not to love Him. Whenever people upset me, even if they are my friends or family, I don’t always choose to love them. I get sad or angry, and I do not respond how Jesus would. I feel like this is a common reaction in our society, and it is something we can all be guilty of.
We have to remember that love is a choice, not necessarily a feeling.
Our emotions and feelings are so earthly and human, and they are not always true. We have to choose love and choose to believe God’s truth above all else. Jesus chose to love us, so we should choose to love others.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.” -John 15:9-10
This verse is one of many examples of Jesus not only choosing to love us, but also teaching us to live in the love that He gives us. I believe we are called to love others in this way because we have the gift of Jesus’ love.
This week I encourage you all to be patient and choose to love those that hurt you. I encourage you to do what Jesus would do in every situation. Have you ever owned any “WWJD” items? If so, please tell me what this acronym means to you in the comments below!
…act justly, love mercy, walk humbly…