Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Reflection - Imitating Christ - Difference between imitation (模仿, Mó fǎng) and mimicry (拟态, nǐ tài)


Source (book): "Finding rest for the soul", Chapter Nine, Question 3, Page 150.
By Robert M. Solomon, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000 - 2012


What is the difference between imitation (模仿, Mó fǎng) and mimicry (拟态, nǐ tài)?
PHOTO: What is the difference between imitation (模仿, Mó fǎng) and mimicry (拟态, nǐ tài)?
Imitating Christ does not mean simply mimicking Him. Mimicry (拟态, nǐ tài) only involves copying someone's actions, like a parrot repeating what its owner says, or circus animals entertaining us with human-like actions like standing and dancing. Animals can be trained to mimic humans, but they cannot imitate us. Similarly, we can mimic others without imitating them.

Imitation (模仿, Mó fǎng) involves not only copying external behaviour but also replicating internal motivation. When we imitate Christ, we not only do what He did, such as praying, but also do it for the same reason. Jesus prayed because He loved His Father and those He prayed for (see John 17). We can make the mistake of trying to mimic Christ in actions, but without His motives and character.

In what ways might you be mimicking Jesus rather than imitating Him?
Jesus warned that pious (religious) actions alone would not save us when we stand before Him one day (Matthew 7:22-23). These people did not have a relationship with the Lord; they did not love Him, obey Him, or do His will.

We are to have a deep relationship with Christ - a living relationship marked clearly by our obedience, submission, and love for the Lord. Without love, all our actions - no matter how impressive or persuasive - will amount to nothing; they would simply be mimicry. The motivation behind our actions will determine whether we are truly imitating or simply mimicking Jesus. Mimicry arises when there is no living relationship with the Lord - when people try to do things for Him without coming to Him, taking up His yoke, and learning from Him.

Only when our actions are motivated by love for Jesus, and we have a deep, living relationship with Him, will we truly be able to imitate Christ.

Review your words, actions, and thoughts, and see if there are changes you can make in order to truly imitate Jesus in your daily life.
Circumstances causing distractions
I am a retiree now focusing attention to improve the failing physical health which includes chronic diabetes which causes "abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood". The consequence of prolong diabetic patient is weak kidney functions and irregular heart beats. The eyesight is also drastically affected which even the best eye-care and spectacle specialists are unable to provide the healthy vision.

Even being very careful with all these strict procedures, we still barely make it to the normal healthy person. These led us to realise how desperately we need the help of God. Getting closer to Jesus and forming the necessary relationship provides the way to reduce stress and problems. It is comforting to know that there is someone out there who understands our problems and will be walking with us all the way, whatever and however tough it maybe. Being obedient, doing His will, and developing a loving relationship with Him should be the correct direction for our remaining days under the sun.

Hopes and Desires is another powerful distraction
Since my younger days, I have to hope and desire to fall in love with my dream girl, form a happy family with a few children, have a Godly happy home, and live up to the ripe old age. Now near the age of sixty, and very shamefully still haven't achieve the first step. I know I have put in efforts to find that girl who can love me, and form a happy family with me. As the years past my 'qualifications' diminished resulting in rejections after rejections. I felt the despair and desperation when in my forties and early fifties, but I did not give up.

Until today, I still 'hear' the loud and angry rejections with mixed feelings. In order to imitate our Lord, we need to learn to forgive and forget quickly just as "Stephen, Paul and James were all imitating their Lord and Teacher, who prayed for the forgiveness of His tormentors and murderers even as He hung on the cross (Luke 23:34)". Similarly other injustices suffered along the way should also be forgiven and remember no more. We will not be distracted and "our deepest focus and joy can come from our relationship with Jesus".

Temptation is the strongest distraction
Despite being harshly rejected by the opposite sex continually, I still like to surf the internet and look at erotic ladies. Some may classify it as lust while others may call it as healthy experiences. However it is definitely a form of temptation which we will stumble and succumb no matter how strong we are. We are advised to flee from it.

Again, these led us to realise how desperately we need the help of God to prevent external circumstances or internal thoughts and desires to distract us from forming a loving relationship with Him. Our deepest focus and joy should come from our relationship with Him and not from other distractions. "That is how He loved His Father. When we learn to love Jesus in this way, we will be able to let His love flow out and touch all our relationships with others, in our daily life."
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What is the difference between imitation and mimicry? In what ways might you be mimicking Jesus rather than imitating Him? Review your words, actions, and thoughts, and see if there are changes you can make in order to truly imitate Jesus in your daily life.

What is the difference between imitation
(模仿, Mó fǎng) and mimicry (拟态, nǐ tài)?
Imitation, Not Mimicry [1]
Imitating Christ does not mean simply mimicking Him. Mimicry
(拟态, nǐ tài) only involves copying someone's actions, like a parrot repeating what its owner says, or circus animals entertaining us with human-like actions like standing and dancing. Animals can be trained to mimic humans, but they cannot imitate us. Similarly, we can mimic others without imitating them.


Imitation (模仿, Mó fǎng) is Not Mimicry (拟态, nǐ tài)
PHOTO: Imitation (模仿, Mó fǎng) is Not Mimicry (拟态, nǐ tài)
Mimicry (拟态, nǐ tài) only involves copying someone's actions, like circus animals entertaining us with human-like actions. Animals can be trained to mimic humans, but they cannot imitate us. Similarly, we can mimic others without imitating them. Imitating (模仿, Mó fǎng) Christ does not mean simply mimicking Him.
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Imitation
(模仿, Mó fǎng) involves not only copying external behaviour but also replicating internal motivation. When we imitate Christ, we not only do what He did, such as praying, but also do it for the same reason. Jesus prayed because He loved His Father and those He prayed for (see John 17). We can make the mistake of trying to mimic Christ in actions, but without His motives and character.


 Imitation (模仿, Mó fǎng) involves not only copying external behaviour but also replicating internal motivation.
PHOTO: Imitation (模仿, Mó fǎng) involves not only copying external behaviour but also replicating internal motivation. When we imitate Christ, we not only do what He did, such as praying, but also do it for the same reason. We can make the mistake of trying to mimic Christ in actions, but without His motives and character.
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In what ways might you be mimicking Jesus rather than imitating Him?
In
Matthew 7:22-23, Jesus warned that pious (religious) actions alone would not save us when we stand before Him one day. "Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you, away from me, you evildoers!'"

Why would Jesus say this to such people? Was He not impressed by their works? The clue lies in what He says to them - "I never knew you." These people did not have a relationship with the Lord; they did not love Him, obey Him, or do His will.

We are to have a deep relationship with Christ - a living relationship marked clearly by our obedience, submission, and love for the Lord. Without love, all our actions - no matter how impressive or persuasive - will amount to nothing; they would simply be mimicry. The motivation behind our actions will determine whether we are truly imitating or simply mimicking Jesus. Mimicry arises when there is no living relationship with the Lord - when people try to do things for Him without coming to Him, taking up His yoke, and learning from Him.



Jesus warned that pious (religious) actions alone would not save us when we stand before Him one day.
PHOTO: Jesus warned that pious (religious) actions alone would not save us when we stand before Him one day. These people are those that did not have a relationship with the Lord; they did not love Him, obey Him, or do His will.
We are to have a deep relationship with Christ - a living relationship marked clearly by our obedience, submission, and love for the Lord. Without love, all our actions - no matter how impressive or persuasive - will amount to nothing; they would simply be mimicry. The motivation behind our actions will determine whether we are truly imitating or simply mimicking Jesus.
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Thus Paul wrote that "whoever loves God is known by God" (1 Corinthians 8:3). He also has this to say about the importance of love:

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).



Paul wrote that 'whoever loves God is known by God' (1 Corinthians 8:3).
PHOTO: Paul wrote that "whoever loves God is known by God" (1 Corinthians 8:3). Paul also emphasised on the important of love. "If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing" (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).
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Only when our actions are motivated by love for Jesus, and we have a deep, living relationship with Him, will we truly be able to imitate Christ. As Thomas à Kempis wrote, "Without the Way, there is no going. Without the Truth, there is no knowing. Without the life, there is no living." [36]



Only when our actions are motivated by love for Jesus, and we have a deep, living relationship with Him, will we truly be able to imitate Christ.
PHOTO: Only when our actions are motivated by love for Jesus, and we have a deep, living relationship with Him, will we truly be able to imitate Christ. As Thomas à Kempis wrote, "Without the Way, there is no going. Without the Truth, there is no knowing. Without the life, there is no living."
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How can we grow this living relationship with Jesus?
By drawing close to Him; knowing Him, His voice, His character, and His will; seeking to be like Him; and being obedient to Him. That is what it means to love Jesus with all of our hearts. As 14th-century English Christian writer Richard Rolle wrote:

That thou mayest win the sweetness of God's love, I set here three degrees of love, in the which thou shouldst  be aye waxing. The first is called insuperable, the second inseparable, the third singular. Thy love is insuperable when nothing may overcome it, that is neither weal, nor woe, nor anguish, just of flesh nor the liking of this world . . . Thy love is inseparable when all thy thoughts and thy wills are gathered together and fastened wholly in Jesus Christ, so that thou mayest no time forget Him, but aye thou thinkest on Him . . . Thy love is singular when all thy delight is in Jesus Christ and in no other thing finds joy and comfort. [37]



How can we grow this living relationship with Jesus?

PHOTO: How can we grow this living relationship with Jesus?
By drawing close to Him; knowing Him, His voice, His character, and His will; seeking to be like Him; and being obedient to Him. That is what it means to love Jesus with all of our hearts.
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The language is from another era, but the lesson is timeless. Our love for Jesus begins as something that no external circumstances can overcome, then grows into constant communion with Jesus, and finally finds fulfilment exclusively in Christ. In other words, our love for Jesus grows when we do not allow external circumstances or internal thoughts and desires to distract us, such that our deepest focus and joy come from our relationship with Him. That is how He loved His Father. When we learn to love Jesus in this way, we will be able to let His love flow out and touch all our relationships with others.



Our love for Jesus grows when we do not allow external circumstances or internal thoughts and desires to distract us, such that our deepest focus and joy come from our relationship with Him.
PHOTO: Our love for Jesus grows when we do not allow external circumstances or internal thoughts and desires to distract us, such that our deepest focus and joy come from our relationship with Him. When we learn to love Jesus in this way, we will be able to let His love flow out and touch all our relationships with others.
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In all that we do, we are to display the love of Jesus. It is this love that enables all our actions to be true imitation of our Lord's. Jesus said, "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love" (John 15:9). He also said, "As I have loved you, so you must love one another" (John 13:34). These two instructions make it clear that we are to love the way Jesus loves us, which is the same way the Father loves Him. It is this standard of love that validates all our acts of righteousness and piety.

We have seen that in order to imitate Christ, we must draw close and walk with Him. We must come under His authority - to submit and obey Him. True obedience arises from and marks the growth of a loving relationship with Jesus (John 14:15, 21,23; 1 John 2:3)



In order to imitate Christ, we must draw close and walk with Him.
PHOTO: In order to imitate Christ, we must draw close and walk with Him. We must come under His authority - to submit and obey Him. True obedience arises from and marks the growth of a loving relationship with Jesus (John 14:15, 21,23; 1 John 2:3)
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Jesus invites you to come close to Him so that you can observe Him carefully. When you read the Gospels and mediate on them deeply, you get a front-row view of Jesus' life, and you will gain an understanding of how He related to His Father and others, what He prioritised, how He prayed and handled the Scriptures, how He viewed sin and the world, and how He lived selflessly and loved sacrificially. You can then draw upon lessons and examples from His life when examining your own. Are you being criticised? Do you feel isolated? Are you misunderstood? Are you penned in by hostile crowd? Jesus' example can help you: soon you will be imitating Him, doing what He did, and feeling what He felt. When enemies tormented you, you will be able to pray for them and show love for them. When you are tired, you will find the strength to pray. You will be able to go through life trusting deeply in God. When you are suffering, you will be able to endure, just as Jesus the Suffering Servant endured for your sake.



Jesus invites us to come close to Him so that we can observe Him carefully.
PHOTO: Jesus invites us to come close to Him so that we can observe Him carefully. When we read the Gospels and mediate on them deeply, we get a front-row view of Jesus' life, and we will gain an understanding of how He related to His Father and others, what He prioritised, how He prayed and handled the Scriptures, how He viewed sin and the world, and how He lived selflessly and loved sacrificially.
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Intimacy with Christ, identification with Him through baptism (Romans 6:5), and instruction from Him will help us to imitate Him. If we learn well and are true apprentices of Jesus, we will live and act like our great Teacher. As Matthew 10:25 puts it, "It is enough for students to be like their teachers".

Many of the early followers of Jesus imitate Christ, especially in their deaths. Stephen, for example, forgave his persecutors for stoning him. As he fell to the ground, he prayed, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them" (Acts 7:60). Facing trial in a Roman court, alone and abandoned, Paul expressed similar sentiments. "May it not be held against them," he said (2 Timothy 4:16). So did James, the brother of Jesus. His persecutors pushed him from a high point in the temple, and when he survived the fall, stoned him to death. According to Eusebius of Casaerea, a fourth-century historian of the early church, James knelt and prayed for them. "I beseech Thee, Lord God and Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing." [38] Stephen, Paul and James were all imitating their Lord and Teacher, who prayed for the forgiveness of His tormentors and murderers even as He hung on the cross (Luke 23:34). By imitating Jesus in their actions, character, and motivations, they bought glory to Him.



Many of the early followers of Jesus imitate Christ, especially in their deaths.
PHOTO: Many of the early followers of Jesus imitate Christ, especially in their deaths. Jame's (the less, the brother of Jesus) persecutors pushed him from a high point in the temple, and when he survived the fall, stoned him to death.  According to Eusebius of Casaerea, a fourth-century historian of the early church, James knelt and prayed for them. "I beseech Thee, Lord God and Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing." By imitating Jesus in their actions, character, and motivations, they bought glory to Him.
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Jesus expects of us what He himself demonstrated in His own relationship with the Father. He imitated His Father perfectly, and is our primary role model. He watched the Father work and did the same. He said, "My Father is always at work to this very day, and I too am working . . . whatever the Father does the Son also does" (John 5:17, 19). He also said, "What I have heard form him I tell the world . . . I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me" (John 8:26, 28). What makes Jesus such a remarkable Teacher is that He perfectly and consistently demonstrated what He taught. He is not just a lecturer, but a Teacher who leads us personally and by example.



Jesus expects of us what He himself demonstrated in His own relationship with the Father.
PHOTO: Jesus expects of us what He himself demonstrated in His own relationship with the Father. He imitated His Father perfectly, and is our primary role model. He watched the Father work and did the same. He perfectly and consistently demonstrated what He taught. He is not just a lecturer, but a Teacher who leads us personally and by example.
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Review your words, actions, and thoughts, and see if there are changes you can make in order to truly imitate Jesus in your daily life.
"Our love for Jesus begins as something that no external circumstances can overcome, then grows into constant communion with Jesus, and finally finds fulfilment exclusively in Christ. In other words, our love for Jesus grows when we do not allow external circumstances or internal thoughts and desires to distract us, such that our deepest focus and joy come from our relationship with Him. That is how He loved His Father. When we learn to love Jesus in this way, we will be able to let His love flow out and touch all our relationships with others."



Our love for Jesus begins as something that no external circumstances can overcome, then grows into constant communion with Jesus, and finally finds fulfilment exclusively in Christ.
PHOTO: "Our love for Jesus begins as something that no external circumstances can overcome, then grows into constant communion with Jesus, and finally finds fulfilment exclusively in Christ. That is how He loved His Father. When we learn to love Jesus in this way, we will be able to let His love flow out and touch all our relationships with others."
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Circumstances causing distractions
I am a retiree now focusing attention to improve the failing physical health which includes chronic diabetes which causes "abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood". The consequence of prolong diabetic patient is weak kidney functions and irregular heart beats. The eyesight is also drastically affected which even the best eye-care and spectacle specialists are unable to provide the healthy vision. Because of irregular heart beats, diabetic patient are also prone to stroke and has to take blood thinning medication to ensure sufficient blood flow to the brain. The side-effect of blood thinning is excessive blood flow whenever the patient suffers a cut.



Circumstances causing distractions
PHOTO: Circumstances causing distractions
I am a retiree now focusing attention to improve the failing physical health which includes chronic diabetes which causes "abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood". The consequence of prolong diabetic patient is weak kidney functions and irregular heart beats. The eyesight is also drastically affected which even the best eye-care and spectacle specialists are unable to provide the healthy vision. Because of irregular heart beats, diabetic patient are also prone to stroke and has to take blood thinning medication to ensure sufficient blood flow to the brain. The side-effect of blood thinning is excessive blood flow whenever the patient suffers a cut.
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As time past the red blood count is lower, and this will lead to many other undesirable problems. The body muscles also deteriorate and weaken rapidly as we ages, and faces more other chronic health problems. Patient may fall and suffer painful broken bones and stiffed joints. Diabetic are also at high risk of foot injuries which can lead to gangrene. Ultimately facing with the final concluding amputation of the limbs. These are the serious distractions caused by our aging and poor health. But fortunately God provides relief for people like us to exercise ourselves, and related healthcare services. The inevitable end process is being delayed and made less uncomfortable.



Retiree between the ages of 55 and 64 is found to have certain chronic conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol and hypertension.
PHOTO: Retiree between the ages of 55 and 64 is found to have certain chronic conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol and hypertension. Health experts say this is a good time to stick to or establish new diet, social and exercise habits to maintain mental and physical health. If people can keep moving they can reap valuable health benefits. Older adults who were more physically active had less of a risk of having functional limitations.
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Our daily lifestyle have to change to include more time for effective physical exercises like walking and simple body movements. We also have to strictly control our food intake to ensure less sugar and no excess potassium. Excessive potassium is bad for the heart which is currently suffering too. Potassium comes from the consumption of fruits and green vegetables. Therefore we have to refrain from taking fruits high in potassium content. Green vegetables have to be specially prepared to minimise the electrolyte.



There are the serious distractions caused by our aging and poor health.
PHOTO: There are the serious distractions caused by our aging and poor health. But fortunately God provides relief for people like us to exercise ourselves, and related healthcare services. The inevitable end process is being delayed and made less uncomfortable.
Our daily lifestyle have to change to include more time for effective physical exercises like walking and simple body movements. We also have to strictly control our food intake  to ensure less sugar and no excess potassium.
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Even being very careful with all these strict procedures, we still barely make it to the normal healthy person. These led us to realise how desperately we need the help of God. Getting closer to Jesus and forming the necessary relationship provides the way to reduce stress and problems. It is comforting to know that there is someone out there who understands our problems and will be walking with us all the way, whatever and however tough it maybe. Being obedient, doing His will, and developing a loving relationship with Him should be the correct direction for our remaining days under the sun.


Even being very careful with all these strict procedures, we still barely make it to the normal healthy person.
PHOTO: Even being very careful with all these strict procedures, we still barely make it to the normal healthy person. These led us to realise how desperately we need the help of God. Getting closer to Jesus and forming the necessary relationship provides the way to reduce stress and problems. It is comforting to know that there is someone out there who understands our problems and will be walking with us all the way, whatever and however tough it maybe. Being obedient, doing His will, and developing a loving relationship with Him should be the correct direction for our remaining days under the sun.
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Hopes and Desires is another powerful distraction
Since my younger days, I have to hope and desire to fall in love with my dream girl, form a happy family with a few children, have a Godly happy home, and live up to the ripe old age. Now near the age of sixty, and very shamefully still haven't achieve the first step. I know I have put in efforts to find that girl who can love me, and form a happy family with me. As the years past my 'qualifications' diminished resulting in rejections after rejections. I felt the despair and desperation when in my forties and early fifties, but I did not give up.



Hopes and Desires is another powerful distraction
PHOTO: Hopes and Desires is another powerful distraction
Since my younger days, I have to hope and desire to fall in love with my dream girl, form a happy family with a few children, have a Godly happy home, and live up to the ripe old age. Now near the age of sixty, and very shamefully still haven't achieve the first step.
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In my fifties someone tried to introduce a lady to me. That lady instantly flared up angrily, and delivered her piece of mind. It was very embarrassing to be at the receiving end, but she made me realised that my quest for a married family is over. Without the attractive physique, abilities, earning power, and status, nobody is likely to be interested in me. Jesus is different, He came to earth to save, even people like me.



In my fifties someone tried to introduce a lady to me.
PHOTO: In my fifties someone tried to introduce a lady to me. That lady instantly flared up angrily, and delivered her piece of mind. It was very embarrassing to be at the receiving end, but she made me realised that my quest for a married family is over.
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Without the attractive physique, abilities, earning power, and status, nobody is likely to be interested in me.
PHOTO: Without the attractive physique, abilities, earning power, and status, nobody is likely to be interested in me. Jesus is different, He came to earth to save, even people like me.
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Until today, I still 'hear' the loud and angry rejections with mixed feelings. In order to imitate our Lord, we need to learn to forgive and forget quickly just as "Stephen, Paul and James were all imitating their Lord and Teacher, who prayed for the forgiveness of His tormentors and murderers even as He hung on the cross (Luke 23:34)". Similarly other injustices suffered along the way should also be forgiven and remember no more. We will not be distracted and "our deepest focus and joy can come from our relationship with Jesus".



Until today, I still 'hear' the loud and angry rejections with mixed feelings.
PHOTO: Until today, I still 'hear' the loud and angry rejections with mixed feelings. In order to imitate our Lord, we need to learn to forgive and forget quickly. Similarly other injustices suffered along the way should also be forgiven and remember no more. We will not be distracted and "our deepest focus and joy can come from our relationship with Jesus".
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In order to imitate our Lord, we need to learn to forgive and forget quickly
PHOTO: In order to imitate our Lord, we need to learn to forgive and forget quickly just as "Stephen, Paul and James were all imitating their Lord and Teacher, who prayed for the forgiveness of His tormentors and murderers even as He hung on the cross (Luke 23:34)".
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Temptation is the strongest distraction
Despite being harshly rejected by the opposite sex continually, I still like to surf the internet and look at erotic ladies. Some may classify it as lust while others may call it as healthy experiences. However it is definitely a form of temptation which we will stumble and succumb no matter how strong we are. We are advised to flee from it.



Temptation is the strongest distraction
PHOTO: Temptation is the strongest distraction
Despite being harshly rejected by the opposite sex continually, I still like to surf the internet and look at erotic ladies. Some may classify it as lust while others may call it as healthy experiences. However it is definitely a form of temptation which we will stumble and succumb no matter how strong we are. We are advised to flee from it.
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Paul in Romans 7:15-20:
"I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.  And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it."


Temptation is the strongest distraction
PHOTO: Temptation is the strongest distraction (The Seduction of Sin)
"I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.  And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it." (Romans 7:15-20)
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Again, these led us to realise how desperately we need the help of God to prevent external circumstances or internal thoughts and desires to distract us from forming a loving relationship with Him. Our deepest focus and joy should come from our relationship with Him and not from other distractions. "That is how He loved His Father. When we learn to love Jesus in this way, we will be able to let His love flow out and touch all our relationships with others, in our daily life."



We realise how desperately we need the help of God to prevent external circumstances or internal thoughts and desires to distract us from forming a loving relationship with Him.
PHOTO: We realise how desperately we need the help of God to prevent external circumstances or internal thoughts and desires to distract us from forming a loving relationship with Him.
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Our deepest focus and joy should come from our relationship with Jesus and not from other distractions.

PHOTO: Our deepest focus and joy should come from our relationship with Jesus and not from other distractions. "That is how He loved His Father. When we learn to love Jesus in this way, we will be able to let His love flow out and touch all our relationships with others, in our daily life."
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Dear Lord, Please help us to realise that imitating Christ does not mean simply mimicking Him. <br>Mimicry only involves copying someone's actions. Imitation involves not only copying external behaviour but also replicating internal motivation. Help us not to make the mistake of trying to mimic Christ in actions, but without His motives and character. Help us to have a deep relationship with Christ - a living relationship marked clearly by our obedience, submission, and love for the Lord. Please have our actions that are motivated by love for Jesus, so that we have a deep, living relationship with Him, and truly be able to imitate Him.<br>We do not want external circumstances or internal thoughts and desires to distract us from having our deepest focus and joy that come from our relationship with Him. Help us to be obedient, doing His will, and developing a loving relationship with Him for our remaining days under the sun. We want to learn to love Jesus in this way so that we will be able to let His love flow out and touch all our relationships with others, in our daily life.<br>Through Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Amen!
PHOTO: "Dear Lord, Please help us to realise that imitating Christ does not mean simply mimicking Him. Mimicry only involves copying someone's actions. Imitation involves not only copying external behaviour but also replicating internal motivation. Help us not to make the mistake of trying to mimic Christ in actions, but without His motives and character. Help us to have a deep relationship with Christ - a living relationship marked clearly by our obedience, submission, and love for the Lord. Please have our actions that are motivated by love for Jesus, so that we have a deep, living relationship with Him, and truly be able to imitate Him.
We do not want external circumstances or internal thoughts and desires to distract us from having our deepest focus and joy that come from our relationship with Him. Help us to be obedient, doing His will, and developing a loving relationship with Him for our remaining days under the sun. We want to learn to love Jesus in this way so that we will be able to let His love flow out and touch all our relationships with others, in our daily life.
Through Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Amen!
"
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Reflection - Imitating Christ - Difference between imitation and mimicry
Question from source (book): "Finding rest for the soul", Chapter Nine, Question 3, Page 150.
By Robert M. Solomon, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000 - 2012



Reference
[1] From "Finding rest for the soul" Responding to Jesus' Invitation in Matthew 11:28-29, Copyright © 2016 by Robert M. Solomon, ISBN 978-1-62707-709-5, Part III: LEARN FROM ME, Chapter Nine "Learning from Jesus: Imitating Christ", Page 139-144-149.

[36] Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, trans. and ed. Joseph N. Tylenda (New York: Vintage Books, 1998), 3:167.

[37] Richard Rolle, "Form of Living: A Medieval Guide for an Anchoress", chap. 8 in The English Writings: Classics of Western Spirituality, ed. Rosamund S. Allen (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1988).

[38] Eusebius, The History of the Church from Christ to Constantine, tans. G. A. Williamson, ed. Andrew Louth, rev. ed. (Harmondsworth: Pengiun Books, 1989), 58-60.

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