Updated: Aug 10
Luke 9:55 Jesus turned to them, and rebuked them, saying: You do not know what spirit you are animated from.
Jesus had made the resolution to go to Jerusalem before the time to be removed from the world approached. He sent messengers who entered at Samaritan village to prepare him for accommodation. He was not received because he headed for Jerusalem. His disciples James and
John, who wanted to defend him, said, "Lord, do you want us to command that fire comes down from heaven and consumes them?" A word of destruction, a word of vengeance. Jesus turned to them and rebuked them, saying, "You do not know what spirit you are animate from. Anger made them forget who they were, and they acted according to the flesh and not according to the Spirit of God.
How many times we forget who we are and let ourselves be guided by our feelings of anger, hatred, jealousy, resentment, pride; causing great damage by words we speak, and our behavior displayed. Jesus recalled his mission to his disciples by saying: He is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. As Christians, do our words, our behaviors attract souls to God or repel them? Let us remember who we are. We are disciples of Jesus and we must act according to the Spirit of God.
Lord, we ask forgiveness for all our words, our behaviors, our thoughts that do not reflect the fruits of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22). Give us the strength, knowledge, and intelligence to walk according to your Spirit and not according to the flesh. In the name of your son Jesus Christ.
Source Divine Ministries.