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1. Jesus knew that He would have been accused of partiality by giving favorable treatment to the rich young ruler over the woman at Jacob's well. Surely, Jesus understood all of the elements of social-cultural norms and the intricacies of personalities, but He chose to objectively address all people with truth, facts and principles that could transcend all cultures and personality types.

2. Jesus knew that individuals tend to subjectively be drawn to others with similar cultural and personality traits. The Lord wanted to leave behind an example of treating people according to an agape love that was not conditioned on favorable subjective feelings or common traits. Jesus said, "By this will all men know that you are my disciples because you have love for one another." (John 13:34,35) It is not necessary to like someone before you can love with the power of the Holy Spirit.

3. Jesus knew that certain ethnic groups would tend to limit the spread of the gospel because of their ethnocentric tendencies. The sovereignty of God allowed the Jewish temple to be destroyed in 70 AD and this put the onus of responsibility of the 18,000 Gentile people groups of the world to take the gospel to all the nations. Whenever ethnic groups start to feel superior or they try to isolate themselves from others, the Lord will allow circumstances to press them into integration with a wider ethnic diverse exposure.

4. Jesus stayed with the facts in every conversation. He wanted to stress the priorities of truth that would effect people with the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. The Lord knew that certain personalities and ethnic groups are known for their tendencies to become angry, fearful, emotional, jealous, envious, greedy, sullen, resentful, bitter, impure, selfishly ambitious, divisive, argumentative, revengeful, factious, slanderous, bureaucratic, legalistic, traditionalistic, humanistic or spiritistic. Our Lord wanted to help people to lift their focus on things above rather than on things that are on the earth. (Col. 3:1-4)

5. Jesus did not allow Himself to be dragged into arguments over cultural or personality non-essentials. The Lord put His attention squarely on the essentials for helping people grow in all aspects in Christ. (Eph 4:15)

6. Jesus practiced self-control in not allowing Himself to get so angry or fearful that He was led more by emotions that factual truth. When the disciples were being tossed about by the winds and waves, they cried, "Master, Do you not care that we are perishing?" (Mark

4:34-37) He calmly arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Quiet, be still!" Then the wind died down and it became completely calm." Our Lord never allowed circumstances, cultural tendencies or personality weaknesses to distort His view of God's will.

7. Jesus disciplined Himself for the purpose of Godliness since He knew it was profitable for all things. (I Tim. 4:7,8) Dr. Luke wrote of Jesus, "Jesus, increased in wisdom (In broad and full understanding) and in stature and years, and in favor with God and man." (Luke 2:52) Our Lord practiced self-discipline so that He did not succumb to the temptations to make decisions based upon cultural or personality preferences.


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