Isa. 54:17 π Mt. 11:29 π Lk. 9:54-55
Assertiveness is not the spirit of Jesus. If Jesus had been assertive, we would never make it to Heaven and the Father. Jesus’ entire life was one that contradicted every facet of self-assertiveness.
Simon Peter’s assertiveness in cutting off the right ear of Malchus, as they came to take Jesus prior to the crucifixion, was sharply rebuked by Jesus; yet His wishes could have brought forth to His defense 12 legions of angels – and this would have negated the entire plan of salvation.
Our Christian character is to be identical (not imitated) to that of Jesus: “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me (not about Me) for I am meek and lowly in heart…” ( Mt. 11:29; top ) Then as the elect of God, when we graciously submit and die to our assertiveness, then His character fills the void that the assertiveness occupied, bringing about the Godly attributes of mercy, kindness, humbleness, meekness, long suffering and forebearing one another and forgiving another by His love, not our love.
Our present day culture says that we are to have a self-assertive attitude for success in an ego-oriented world, but in God’s order the attribute of love, denying of self, humbleness and selflessness is foremost. God’s power in the universe is obscure under the supposed weakness of humility and all the programs seem to lean toward assertive pride, but humility wins every battle. A humble life here on earth is a spectacle of weakness, but it makes angels in Heaven rejoice (…for by strength shall no man prevail).
When Jesus and His disciples approached Samaria and were rejected by the Samaritans, the disciples said, “Shall we command fire to come down from Heaven and burn them up?” and Jesus rebuked them: “You know not what manner of spirit you are of.” ( Lk. 9:54-55; top ) Jesus continually turned the other cheek, walked the extra mile, and committed Himself completely to be sacrificed for prideful, assertive people, that they might see the redeeming love of total selflessness and surrender to it.
The self-assertive person is always certain he is absolutely invincible, but how can he upstage Almighty God? “No weapon formed against You (God) shall prosper.” (see Isa. 54:17; top ) One surrendered saint, void of assertiveness and humbly leaning on Jesus, slays all the enemies.
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