John 5 Lesson

Jesus, our perfect example

For today’s forum, we will focus on the following scripture spoken by Jesus:

“I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. ” – John 5:30.

Jesus is our perfect example. He consistently chooses to do God’s will, not His own. By doing this, He shows His humility and love for His Father.

We too should be making decisions based on our love for our Father by searching the scriptures and sincerely seeking to do the will of God.

As it says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17:

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

The world operates differently. Most people make decisions based on their wants, not God’s. When we seek to do God’s will instead of our own, God’s light shines brightly in us and we please God.

This will look and sound different than most people who will be making decisions based on their own selfish wants.

We will end today’s study by reflecting on the following two scriptures:

And do not be conformed to this  world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. ” – Mathew 5:16. – Amen


Pat Dermody

Too often we can get caught up in following the “rules” that we do not hear God in our lives. There is a saying that goes something like this.”life is what happens while we are making plans. “We need to find God in the present . During the day we need to pause ans ask what is God trying to tell me in this moment . What would Jesus do in this moment? And, hopefully, we will become more godlike.

Prof. Dr. Lorin Cranford

Truly Jesus is our example to follow. But He is more than an example. Through His indwelling presence by His Spirit, it is Him who enables the obedience so that our actions become Him living out His life through us. This is the point of His declaration in Matt 5,17. The shining Light in us is the Presence of Christ who is working in and through us. This then prompts praise to God and not praise of us. May each of us allow the indwelling Christ the freedom to reproduce His life in us today!


Psalm 25 is the best!!!


Thank you Victoria! I had to look it up and see what it says. I recall the words from this psalm in a beautiful hymn, "Unto Thee O' Lord." Have a blessed day Victoria!

To You, Lord, I lift up my soul.
2 My God, in You I trust,
Do not let me be ashamed;
Do not let my enemies rejoice over me.
3 Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;
[a]Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.

4 Make me know Your ways, Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day.
6 Remember, Lord, Your compassion and Your faithfulness,
For they have been [b]from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my wrongdoings;
Remember me according to Your faithfulness,
For Your goodness’ sake, Lord.

8 The Lord is good and upright;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
9 He leads the [c]humble in justice,
And He teaches the [d]humble His way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are faithfulness and truth
To those who comply with His covenant and His testimonies.
11 For the sake of Your name, Lord,
Forgive my wrongdoing, for it is great.

12 Who is the person who fears the Lord?
He will instruct him in the way he should choose.
13 His soul will dwell in [e]prosperity,
And his [f]descendants will inherit the [g]land.
14 The [h]secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him,
[i]And He will make them know His covenant.
15 My eyes are continually toward the Lord,
For He will [j]rescue my feet from the net.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
For I am lonely and afflicted.
17 [k]The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
Bring me out of my distresses.
18 Look at my misery and my trouble,
And forgive all my sins.
19 Look at my enemies, for they are many,
And they hate me with violent hatred.
20 Guard my soul and save me;
Do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You.
21 Let integrity and uprightness protect me,
For I wait for You.
22 Redeem Israel, God,
From all his distress.


Amen! God is love!