Practical Life-Lessons Everyone Can Learn From Jesus
Inspirational and thought-provoking, there's something all of us can take away from His teachings.
Jesus was more than just our saviour. His teachings have instructed our lives and will continue to guide our lives for decades to come. Have you ever wondered how something relevant so long ago continues to amaze and help us even today? Read on to see some of our saviour's most potent teachings.
Love and forgive when it is the hardest to do so.
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same?" - Matthew 5:44-47
"Then Peter approaching asked him, 'Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?' Jesus answered, 'I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.” - Matthew 18:21-22
Our most human response to someone hurting us is to fight back or hold on to bitterness and negativity towards that person. Yet, as Christians, Jesus challenges that basic human urge and implores us to be better. Nobody is perfect and just as we sometimes commit the same sins over and over, be patient with others who make repeated mistakes. They are God's children too. If everyone were to respond with love to even those who don't deserve it, the world would be a far better place to live in.
Choose your words carefully.
"But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken" - (Matthew 12:36).
Words have immense power. They can spur change and inspire people to things they never thought possible. Not only is it essential to take stock of what you are saying but pay attention to why you are saying it as well. What you say every day to each person you meet can either advance the Kingdom of God or do the work of Satan. The choice is yours!
Put others first
"The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, but whoever humbles himself will be exalted." - Matthew 23:11-12
If you look back in history to the most beautiful things that have happened to people, you will find leaders who affected change on an enormous scale. Social change makers like Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa and even Jesus himself proved that humility and service to others are among our highest callings as children of God.
The Bible quotes above are only some of the influential teachings that scripture holds for us. Through his own life, Jesus created many lessons we can imitate and apply to our own lives and point the compass of our lives squarely in the direction of God.