“Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords He drove them all out of the temple.”
As Randy Jacobs points out, before cleansing the temple (turning over tables and driving everyone out) the Savior took time to braid the whip. This was evidence that He wasn't bringing His story into this moment. He was bringing His commitment. He was standing for his friends. He was standing for God. He was standing for the temple (His house). He was living in His boundaries.
It is interesting to note, also, that He didn't get much resistance for His demonstration. As you stand for people’s lives- in most cases, neither will you.
How do I stand for your life?
I make a commitment to give you, not what you are asking for, but what you need.
I have hard conversations with you- conversations about what I'm willing to do, what I'm not willing to do, & what I think would be best for everyone.
I lovingly show you what's not working for me, and really, what's not working for you either.