I began a practice recently of reading the words of Jesus, found in the bible highlighted in red. A Red letter Bible. These are attributed as being what Jesus taught and said, to some of the crowds, and also to his disciples.
Why start this practice, you may ask? It was out of the feeling that I had been reading a lot of books by men and women, giving their ideas, thought, persuasive talk and insights. But the teacher Jesus, who has the words of eternal life, who is the way and the truth, and the life. I had not been learning from Jesus, and focusing on his sayings and teachings. I had drifted away by listening to other people of influence.
It is obvious that Jesus is the key figure that motivates and inspires my Christian walk. But I had come to the realization, was Jesus the main influence, or was I actually following other people more?
The Jesus prayer is a good preparatory prayer
Access to God is through Jesus, the mediator between humanity and God. Also through Christ, we are made right with God. It is nothing of our doing. Even when we were in our sin, God loved us enough to have Jesus killed on a tree. God first loved us, when we were so far from God’s love because of our sin and not knowing any better. Until that day the scales fell from our eyes and we see for the first time this amazing love.