I must die to myself and follow the example illustrated in Paul’s letter to the Philippians.
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:3-11
In other words, if we want to imitate Jesus and reflect His glory, we must GET LOW! To have a relevant voice with others we must speak first without words through servant leadership.
The friend who called me imitated Jesus’ example. He allowed me to work through my emotions without shutting me down or out. Over the course of almost an hour, the Lord used him to help me calm down, think, and arrive at a place where our fellowship was back on solid ground. He sharpened me in my own faith walk. I am grateful for the example the Lord provided in him about what it looks like to imitate Yeshua.
Maybe you have some insight from your own experience on this subject. Feel free to comment below.