In the the 1990’s, long before the #metoo and #timesup movements was WWJD. Do you remember that?
WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) was a personal motto for followers of Jesus who used the phrase as a reminder of their beliefs, and to act in a manner that would demonstrate the love of Jesus through their actions.
Of course, back then WWJD wasn’t a hashtag on social media but rather an accessory like a bracelet, wristband or keychain. I think I still have a WWJD bracelet kicking around the house somewhere.
Believe it or not the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?” was taken from the best-selling classic, In His Steps by Charles Sheldon written in 1896! The book is a fictitious account of what happened when people from a small town began to practice living as Jesus would have lived, in all sorts of life's circumstances. The little phrase changed the lives of many townspeople in the novel, and the readers who loved and applied the book to their lives.
What would Jesus do?
As an expression of God’s love poured out for us Jesus shows grace, forgiveness, community and encouragement. Jesus had one overriding commandment for His followers, that we love one another as He loves us.
So let me ask you:
How would your life be different without God’s love?
Who are you becoming because of God’s love?
How are you relating to others differently because of how you have experienced God’s love?
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. —1 Peter 2:21 (NIV)
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