“Do to others as you would like them to do to you.”
When you consider your life and your relationships, how do you like to be treated? When you go to work or drive in traffic or go to a busy shopping center, what is your ideal experience and interactions with other people?
Most would answer that they want to have a pleasant experience; that they would like for people to be considerate and kind. Sadly, this isn’t always the norm for us.
We have spouses who can be harsh with us, children who are disrespectful, bosses and coworkers who take advantage of us, people who steal our stuff and even our identities. The crimes and wrongdoings against us are many these days, but this bible verse above still holds true.
We can’t easily fix society, but we can strive to treat others in a way that we would like to be treated.
Satan is attacking us at an alarming rate. This world is becoming more corrupt each day. It seems like the world is turning towards hate, yet, claiming to love. Well, true love always shows itself. Each one of us can strive to understand the works of the enemy and work against him. We can learn how to love and treat others in the way that Jesus would have us do by reading the bible and learning of His character.
This article will look at 4 characteristics of Jesus that we too can put to practice each day we wake up and when we leave our houses.
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4 Characteristics of Jesus
Jesus is the standard. We as Christians will become more like Jesus as we spend more time with him. We are not yet made perfect, but thankfully, there is the grace of God to cover when we make mistakes. However, we shouldn’t simply go around living as we please because there is grace.
Instead, God wants us to learn from Jesus, and to go out and live the same way. He wants us to be a community and to get along. Regardless of what crimes we see in society today on the news, we don’t have to act the way some people do.
Read over this list that I have prepared and see if these are things you would like others to practice when around you. See if these are things that you can go out and do today in your own homes and jobs and neighborhoods.
When we live for God, His Spirit is in us. His Spirit is a Spirit of Love and Kindness. We must understand that we do have the power in us to hold back from saying nasty things to others or from doing immoral things. Knowledge of who Jesus is and who we are in Jesus is very important here. But to let’s started.
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
First and foremost, God is love. All of the Ten Commandments were based on love, and in the New Testament, a new commandment is given; Love each other.
Why is Jesus so bent on love? Because, God is love. Jesus is all about family and relationships. God created us to be His children and His family. His plan for us is to follow Jesus and worship Him. We can see that God is a laid-back kind of guy who wants us to love one another and enjoy life.
I mean, look at Adam and Eve in the Garden before their fall. They were given a beautiful garden and landscape to essentially, just hang out in. This is God’s preferred character and Will for us. This was His purpose when He created everything.
Unfortunately, due to deception through the devil, God had to change things up a bit and get strict with us. But soon, a New Heaven and a New Earth will be made for us. I believe at this time, God will return to His preferred character and Will for us, where we are free to enjoy the land He has prepared and to love and worship Him.
In the meantime, and in this dark world, He has called each of us to practice love towards one another; to go out and be a light in darkness. By doing this, we can still win souls to Christ and we can still make some difference.
“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
We are wise to learn the art of forgiveness. I understand that it’s hard to forgive someone who hurt us, but God wants us to understand that if we do this, He will make things right. Sometimes, we are called to forgive someone who isn’t remorseful, and who might not deserve our forgiveness.
It’s in these times that God wants us to do what is right, as if unto Him, and let God sort it out. God is willing to extend His grace through us if we are willing to be a vessel. We can harden our hearts towards those who wrong us, but it is us who are then guilty of judging others and we even risk harboring hate in our heart towards them.
When we do this, we start to lose sleep. We can even start to get sick. As bitterness grows within us, so does a whole host of other bad roots. This is why God wants us to forgive. He knows that in doing so, even when the person doesn’t deserve it, we will show the love of God in us. Also, we will be set free from hate and bitterness and resentment, as well as all of the effects that come with those.
Us forgiving others is both an act of kindness towards them and ourselves. Sometimes, we just need to do this for our own good. God knows when we are truly forgiving someone just like He knows when a forgiven person isn’t truly remorseful. But He doesn’t want us to worry about their true inner intentions, but instead, to practice a forgive and forget mindset.
One final thing about forgiveness; to forgive and forget doesn’t automatically mean to trust. If a person has wronged us in some way, we are called to forgive that person fully. We are called to put it behind us, and to liken it to “forgetting” whereas we don’t bring it back up again. But we are wise to keep some guards up while that person rebuilds trust over time and proven change.
“So, stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.”
I don’t know about you, but I find it very annoying to get false information about something. If someone we trust tells us a lie, based on the benefit of doubt, we believe them. So, we go about thinking this is the truth and we might even promote them to others based on what they said, only to find out they lied. Now, our character and integrity become compromised.
Or, when gossip happens. Gossip often grows. It might start out as a truthful statement concerning someone, but as it moves from person to person, information gets added and subtracted. Soon, the story going around is nothing close to what the original statement was. And sadly, it’s usually far worse.
Gossip can lead to the defamation of character. It can destroy a person’s reputation. This is why God wants us to avoid gossip and slander and being involved with rumors. He wants us to focus on what is truth and truth only.
We, as Christians, are called to put an end to such conversations. At minimum, not participate. It is much better to confront a person about something then to talk about it among our friends.
If someone has wronged us, instead of going around and talking trash about them, God wants us to lovingly forgive them and move on. Let God handle the injustice made to us. Let God seek vengeance.
Furthermore, honesty is the way to build a reputation. We want others to believe what we say. If we go around saying stuff that isn’t true, soon, when something is true, no one will believe us.
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full; pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
God is a generous God. There is no denying this. All throughout the bible, God gave. Most importantly, God gave His only Son for us so that we could have life. God is the giver of all that we need. Our intellect, our abilities, our creativity, and our character; God gave it all to us.
It’s amazing to see people who go about with their jobs and investments and savings and say, “It’s all mine; I made it – it’s mine to do with as I please.” Let’s not forget that, what God gives, God can take away.
I know God to be a generous provider. Look, I’m not financially rich, but I am very wealthy in all the right ways. Of course, I see God work in my finances, too. We tithe. We give ten percent or more of any income that comes into our house. Why? Because it’s important to God for us to have a generous heart to help others.
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People argue all the time that tithing isn’t biblical or in the New Testament. In Matthew 23:23, Jesus tells us that we should tithe. If tithing was so important to God all throughout the Old Testament, and if God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, then what would make us think that God doesn’t still want us to help the church or others in need?
We must be careful here; if we treasure money so greatly, this might literally be our only reward.
It is said that we can’t out-give God, and for us, we have not been able to accomplish this either. It is also said that God loves a cheerful giver and that He blesses those who bless others. I encourage you to seek God on this and to look at money and possessions as a provision from God, and that which first belonged to God. Then it won’t be as hard to give.
Jesus set a high standard for us to follow. But with His Spirit in us, we can follow this standard. As we are surely mortal humans, we will fail to meet this standard from time to time. If we do fall and wrong someone, immediate righting of our wrong is what God asks of us.
He tells us not to go to bed with anger in our hearts because He knows that this allows anger to grow into bitterness. Bitterness is said to be like cancer in the bones.
Going around showing love and kindness and generosity to others might seem hard in such a broken world, but God is asking us to see past the sin and see the created person instead. Each of us have been loved by God and each of us should extend His grace to others.
Try it. Try going out and being a blessing to someone. If a homeless person asks for change, and if you have it, try giving it to them without worrying about what they will do with it. If someone around you is clearly having a bad day, try doing a good deed for them and taking a bit of their load off them. Who knows what they’re dealing with, right?
God see’s all that we do, and He knows our true heart; He will reward us accordingly. Live unto God, not man. Store up treasures in Heaven and not on earth. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!
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