Self-Control in Rejection

Series: What the World Needs Now | Week 8: Self-Control

Read Luke 9:51-56

1. What word is used to describe how Jesus set out for Jerusalem (verse 51)?
2. Why did James and John want to call down fire from heaven?
3. What was Jesus’ reaction to this?

James and John were devoted followers of Jesus, yet they were still prone to rash reactions in the face of rejection. Jesus quickly corrected them when they wanted to retaliate. Some Bible manuscripts include the following in verses 55-56: And he said, “You don’t realize what your hearts are like. For the Son of Man has not come to destroy people’s lives, but to save them.” When His disciples lost control of their emotions, He brought them back in line with His will.

Self-control means not letting our emotions control us. It means keeping our eyes on doing the will of Jesus, which is to seek and save those who are lost (Luke 19:10). People may reject Christ, but that doesn’t mean they’re rejecting us. It means they need the hope of Jesus more than ever.

Have you faced rejection recently, or are you struggling to view someone through the eyes of Jesus? Spend some time in prayer right now, surrendering your pride and asking God to exchange it for a self-control that expresses His love.

Want to go deeper? Read this article for eight ways Christians can handle rejection and reflect the heart of Jesus in the process.

*TPCC does not necessarily endorse all “Want to go deeper” sources. They are simply meant to be a helpful tool.

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