How Should We Live? 18 Life Lessons from Jesus Christ

SharePinEmailJesus Christ is the son of God and is our Savior. Throughout his life, he taught us how to live according to His teachings, how to develop a personal relationship with Jesus, and how to achieve inner transformation as a Christian. Here are 18 ways you can live your life according to the teachings of…

Jesus Christ is the son of God and is our Savior. Throughout his life, he taught us how to live according to His teachings, how to develop a personal relationship with Jesus, and how to achieve inner transformation as a Christian. Here are 18 ways you can live your life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Love Thy Neighbor

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One of Jesus’ most famous teachings is that we should love one another in the same way he loves us, stating to “love thy neighbor as thyself”. This love should be unconditional and selfless. Jesus modeled this type of love to his followers and that’s what we should emulate. Jesus explained that showing love to one another is a pillar of Christianity.

John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”

Forgive Other People

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Regardless of what other people do, Jesus taught us to forgive others. Even when Jesus felt profound suffering when he was being crucified, he prayed to God that they should be forgiven.

Luke 23:34: “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”

Show Compassion Towards Others

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Jesus taught the importance of showing compassion to other people. We should show compassion to everyone, no matter who they are or what they have done. A key example of this is in the story of the Good Samaritan where a man had been robbed and injured and only one person helped him and showed compassion.

Luke 10:36-37: “‘Which of these do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?’ The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’ Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’”

Be Humble

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Jesus Christ teaches us to be humble and to show humility at all times. 

Matthew 23:11-12: “The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Speak Out Against Injustice

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An important message that Jesus Christ portrays to us is the need to speak out against injustice. He was a true fighter against oppression and preached fairness for all.

Luke 4:18-19: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Serve Other People

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Jesus Christ teaches us to serve other people and treat each other well in the same way that we would like to be treated. We should remember Jesus’ Golden Rule.

Matthew 7:12: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

Be a Peacemaker

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We are taught by Jesus Christ to be peacemakers, understanding that forgiving and encouraging peace is essential for Christians.

Matthew 5:9: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called Children of God.”

Teach Other People

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Teaching other people was vital for Jesus’ disciples, spreading the teachings of Jesus Christ among the people.

Matthew 28:18-20: “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”

Sacrifice

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Jesus Christ sacrificed himself for us and taught us to put others ahead of our interests. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells us to take up the cross and live a life of self-denial and sacrifice.

Matthew 16:24-25: “Then Jesus said to his disciple, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”

Live Righteously

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Jesus Christ taught us the importance of living righteously and possessing the right attitudes during our lives. 

Matthew 5:17-20: “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Trust in God

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We are taught to trust in God and the power of faith, even if our faith is as small as a mustard seed.

Matthew 17:20: “He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there.’ and it will move. Nothing is impossible for you.’”

Pray

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Jesus Christ taught us to pray with sincerity and he encourages private prayer.

Matthew 6:5: “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others.”

Have Mercy

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Jesus Christ taught his followers the importance of showing mercy to others through their lives.

Matthew 5:7: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”

Have Integrity

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Jesus Christ taught us the importance of integrity and honesty at all times.

Matthew 5:13: “You are the salt of the Earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?”

Know Truth

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Jesus Christ taught us to be truthful and that the truth would set us free.

John 8:31-32: “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Have Faith

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Having faith is essential for Christians, even when they have not seen the miracles with their own eyes.

Matthew 14: 22: “Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’”

Love Your Enemy

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Whilst it is clear that Jesus Christ teaches us to love one another, he also ensures that we love our enemies.

Luke 10: 27: And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

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