Love, Humility, and Faith – My Tuesday Three
For My Tuesday Three, I decided to share three of my favorite people from the Bible and why I like them. You may be surprised to find that Jesus is not on this short list, but that is just because He is too obvious. All of the Bible is about Jesus; He is the Word.
My favorite person in the Bible is the apostle John. In his Gospel, John refers to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” (John 13:23; 19:26; 20:2; 21:7; 21:20). This might seem kind of arrogant, but I don’t think it is arrogance that made John refer to himself this way. I think it was because John understood on a deep level how much Jesus loved him and how much Jesus loved everyone. He truly understood and accepted that love. This is what I love about John.
My second favorite person in the Bible is King David. In Acts, Luke referred to David as “a man after God’s own heart.” (Acts 13:22). It was David’s humility and contrite heart that earned him this description. He was not perfect – he had committed murder and adultery – but he repented of his sin and sought God’s mercy. David was the author of many of my favorite Psalms of praise and confession. He truly understood the proper attitude we should all have towards God. This is what I love about King David.
My third favorite person in the Bible has no name. She is the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ robe because she had faith that this simple touch would heal her from her infirmity. (Matthew 9:20). When she touched Jesus’ cloak she was healed and He knew immediately what had happened. Even though she had been bleeding for 12 years and otherwise had lost all hope, this desperate woman did not confront Jesus and demand that He heal her. She understood that He was the source of all power and healing, and that a mere touch would be enough. This is what I love about this nameless woman. One other thing I love about the story of this woman is that she is not named, and so her need can easily represent the need for spiritual healing that we all have.
These three people represent love, humility, and faith – three characteristics that are important for my Christian walk.
Great choice of three Linda – all so important.
Not one of them is of benefit (spiritually) without the others.
Beautiful Tuesday Three post Linda! 🙂 I liked how you explained what looked like arrogance in John whenever he called himself the disciple whom Jesus loved. Thank you for that! After all, he didn’t say Jesus didn’t love the others . . .he just acknowledged that Jesus loved him.
God bless you and the love, faith and humility you have and display in Jesus!
Deb, That is true, John didn’t say Jesus didn’t love the others. In fact, he said that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son.” In his epistles, he assured all believers of God’s love. Peace, Linda
What a wonderful piece!! I like all three but the woman speaks much to me.
” One other thing I love about the story of this woman is that she is not named, and so her need can easily represent the need for spiritual healing that we all have.”
I tag her with being brave too … she believed all she had to do was touch Him and she let nothing stop her from getting to Him. She took the risk of being shamed and scorned if that meant her infirmity wouldn’t follow her home.
God bless you as you continue to share the ‘hard truths’.
Ann, I love your observation that she was brave! That is so true. In her condition she shouldn’t have even been out in the crowd, but she took the risk and the reward was great! Peace, Linda
Those really were great choices! I like what you said about the woman. There are also people who might have been named but had more obscure parts in the Bible…but they are still very important.
One of those people was a man called Ananias (NOT the one who was struck dead and his wife, too). He is the man that the Lord used in the Story of the Apostle Paul’s conversion. We all can tell about Paul and his Damascus Road experience, but we seldom pause to see the beautiful experience Ananias had where he was commissioned and even made brave enough to extend mercy to a man he feared.
Thank you so much for reminding me of the love, faith and and humility that the Lord treasures. 🙂
Theresa, It was hard to pick three people for this post. I had to leave out so many of the Lord’s faithful, both well known and not so well known. Ananias is a great example of trusting in God and being obedient to His call even in the face of fear. Thanks for adding that! Peace, Linda