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If we want to live like Jesus, we must put aside our emotions and behold Jesus. We are what we behold. What are you beholding?

Recently, I was battling unforgiveness. I was asking God why it was so hard for me to let go and forgive. He then said, “It’s because you are beholding your anger. Behold Me and you will find rest.”

It was at that moment when I realized that, as long as I kept beholding my anger, I would be angry. But as I beheld Jesus and His love, I became love. As I focused on Jesus’s love towards me, forgiving the other person became easy because I remembered how much mercy God had on my life. As I beheld mercy, the only thing that filled my heart was mercy.

We can only extend love to others as we behold Jesus and receive His love. Instead of replaying your pain, replay God’s love. It’s only then that His love can fill your heart.

Whatever you are experiencing, will you look to Jesus and only Jesus?

The Lord is jealous after us. He doesn’t want anything or anyone to share our hearts with Him. He wants ALL of our hearts just for Him.

Why is He so jealous for us? Because He loves us so much. Jesus loves us too much to see us drift away from Him. He knows that if He isn’t first in our lives, we will eventually drift away from Him. He no longer will be the priority of our hearts but merely a means to an end.

There is nothing and no one more beautiful than Jesus, our lover and Savior. He alone deserves our first love.

It is He who holds all things together. When anger, fear, or worry fills your heart, choose to look to Jesus. As we see Him rightly, our hearts will be reminded to be still.

There is only one thing we need to behold and that is Jesus. The worries and cares of this world will matter less as we consume ourselves with the beauty of Jesus. Let us make Psalm 27:4 our prayer, “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

Will you give Jesus your whole attention and devotion?

As we look to Jesus, we will remember that He is…

Just amidst the injustice
Love amidst the pain
Peace amidst the worry
Beauty amidst the broken

Perfect peace comes on those whose mind is steadfast on Jesus (Isaiah 26:3).

The only way to be like Jesus is to abide with Jesus. When loving others becomes tough, run to Jesus and ask Him to fill you with His love so that you can love. We can only give what we receive. Receiving from Jesus requires abiding in Jesus.

When distractions and emotions rise, know that He is the only source for our healing and joy because only He was made to be our Savior. Our worries and pains disappear as we 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝘁𝗼 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀. So remember to ask yourself, “What are you beholding?

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for giving me your love. Help me to fix my eyes on you alone.

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