A psychiatrist was preparing for class and decided to take an orange with him. He began to talk to a bright young man in front and asked him, â€œIf I squeeze this orange, what will I get?”
He looked at the Psychiatrist and answered, â€œJuice, of course!”
The Psychiatrist said, â€œDonâ€™t you think I could squeeze apple juice from the orange?”
Laughing, he said â€œNo.”
â€œWhat about grapefruit juice?”
He said, â€œNope.”
The Psychiatrist asked again, â€œWhat would I get from this orange?”
â€œOrange juice, of course.”
He repeated his question, â€œWhy? Why would I get orange juice from an orange?”
He answered, â€œWell, it is an orange, and that is what it has on the inside.”
The Psychiatrist nodded and said, â€œThatâ€™s right! Letâ€™s think that this is not an orange, but it is you.
Someone puts pressure on you and says something you donâ€™t like.
You get offended. Fear, bitterness, hatred, and anger come out of you. Why did this happen?”
The boy answered, â€œBecause those things are on the inside.”
Now we have to consider whatâ€™s inside of you and me, because Matthew 15:18 says,
â€œBut those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.”
Jesus was squeezed and forgiveness, love, and mercy came brusting out of Him.
He taught us that regardless of people insulting, beating, humiliating, and treating Him worse than a criminal that we should afterwards show love and forgiveness! It was under the mighty impulse of love that Jesus took our place in the universe and invited the Ruler of all things to treat Him as a representative of the human family.
He identified Himself with our interests, took our guilt and its penalty, and offered in our behalf a complete sacrifice to God.
Jesus identifies His interest with ours. He represents Himself as personally affected with all that concerns us.
If we are wronged, maligned, treated with contempt, our sufferings are registered in the books of heaven as done unto Him.
If we would become like Christ and receive His fashion of character, we must in little things train the soul to daily progressive sanctification. Acts make habits and habits constitute character. There is no fear of overlooking great things, but there is peril in overlooking and undervaluing little things.
Letâ€™s be filled with that love that comes from God, and letâ€™s live each day by His side.
Now the question that we must ask ourselves is: “What comes out when we are squeezed?”