The ideal is that we all want to be more like Jesus, to reflect His love and shine His light everywhere we go but the truth is, its not easy to be like Jesus.
Yet the good news is, Jesus doesn't judge us based on our works, and He has given us grace to imitate Him.
(Also, you're not alone, and we are in this together!)
Jesus was moved with compassion for the people that He came to save. Being compassionate should be a part of us – it helps us to be more like Christ.
Pray for eyes to see like Jesus, ears to hear the cries and pain of others, wisdom from above to help others, and pray for a pure heart to receive God's heart for those around us.
On our own, we might not be able to love and show compassion. But with God, we can. ◡̈
Through all the nasty things that were done to Him, Jesus had the power in His mouth to end it all. Instead, He opened His mouth to ask for forgiveness for those who were crucifying Him.
It is not easy to forgive someone who has hurt you, but with God's help, nothing is impossible. The Bible also tells us that we must forgive if we want to be forgiven.
Forgiveness is a command, not a suggestion. Pray for grace to forgive others.
Self-control is what's going to keep you holding on to your faith and trust God. Self-control will keep you rooted and grounded on the Word of God.
The Christian life is difficult, but even in the most difficult moment in His life, Jesus exercised self-control.
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. - 2 Tim 1:7
Father, we thank You for Your unconditional love over us. As we grow to be more like Jesus, we lean on Your grace and ask for double portion of Your strength. Thank You that You are in this journey with us. Help us to forgive others as You have forgiven us, to show love and care like You care for us, and to practice self-control and have personal discipline as we live our lives. Help us God, to be more like You. Amen!