We were at a gymnastics meet today. Between sessions I ran for some provisions for my friend. She wanted a mineral water and a bag of potato chips. Anyone see the discrepancy here? She drinks healthy but eats unhealthy.
I laughed at the many ways we make inconsistent choices. In our relationships with each other we also make inconsistent choices. We decide whom to love, whom to be mad at, whom to befriend, and even whom to make an enemy. However, there appears to be no particular standard for our decisions other than what someone has done to us, or what we think they may have done or what we think they may do. Or it could be based on how we are presently feeling, how we have felt in the past or how we think we will feel in the future.
In addition to these inconsistencies with our fellow human beings we act on whims in our relationship with God as well. God has noticed, “These people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me” (Mark 7:6). God does not return our shabby treatment of Him, which is what makes Jesus such a remarkable man. His devotion to God and His devotion to man were consistent. Here is both the miracle and the mystery of Jesus the man: He loves God and man totally and unconditionally.
There are no inconsistencies in His actions or thoughts towards His Father or those His Father sent Him to save.