This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. – Hebrews 4:15-16

tylb-the-one-who-understandsThe Scriptures assure us that Jesus, our faithful High Priest, knows what our lives are like. He understands our weaknesses because he faced the same kinds of testing that we do, though he didn’t sin.

The kinds of temptations Jesus understands include some of the “biggies,” like the sins we find in the Ten Commandments and elsewhere throughout the Bible. But have you considered that Jesus probably also faced the same temptation to live re-actively that we do?

Like us, Jesus was in relationship with some people who were healthy and others who weren’t. So he surely understands our temptation to avoid pain in unhealthy ways—such as denying or minimizing it, complying with unreasonable demands, adhering to bad relationships, placating those who mistreat us, covering up our wounds, enabling dysfunctional behavior in others, becoming controlling, attacking others, or isolating ourselves.

He understands, and he gives us grace as we try to change these behaviors.

Ask Yourself
In what ways are you tempted to deny, minimize, comply, adhere, deceive, placate, cover, enable, control, attack, or isolate?

What does it mean to you to realize that Jesus probably faced the same “reactive” temptations you do?

Ask God
Jesus, my great High Priest, I thank you that you understand the temptations I face. Grant me the courage to turn to you when I’m tempted to live reactively. I trust in your mercy and grace.

Taken from Take Your Life Back Day by Day copyright © 2016 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.