When the Lord gave Moses instructions to build the Tabernacle in the wilderness, He instructed Moses to build it according to the pattern He was going to show him. “Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them. According to all that I am going to show you, as the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furniture, just so you shall construct it.”Exodus 25:8-9 (NASB) Moses took great care to make sure that every detail of the Tabernacle and its furniture was built according to the pattern. As believers, we also have a pattern for our lives, and that pattern is Jesus, our Lord and savior.
Author John MacArthur, Jr. says the following about patterning our live after Christ in his book Alone With God:
“The Apostle Paul instructs us to ‘be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you’ (Ephesians 4:32). John tells us, ‘The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked’ (1 John 2:6). Jesus Himself is our pattern for forgiveness. On behalf of those who drove the nails through His hands, spit in His face, mocked Him and crushed a crown of thorns onto His head, Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them’ (Luke 23:34). He is our role model.”
If Jesus is our pattern, then we should also forgive those who use and or abuse us!
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