Jesus also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Christ was born in 4the century BC. He was a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader. While he was on earth, he taught the way to be happy, being peaceful and how to live an ethical life. His gospel still applies today. Jesus was a revolutionary figure who challenged traditions, religion, and beliefs.
10 fascinating lessons about life from Jesus Christ:
Forgive freely – Matthew 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Holding grudges is the easiest task one could do. However it’s a poison that’ll slowly consume you from within, leaving an empty shell of regrets. Grudges pollute your soul and take you away from the supreme. There’ll be many who will do you wrong, and vice versa. Hence if you deserve a chance to be forgiven, start by forgiving those who wronged you. Best mantra to follow is – Forgive and Forget.
Don’t love money – Matthew 6:24
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
By now you would have faced many ups and downs in your life and you would have also realised, that you get what you deserve. Money can’t buy you happiness, happiness resides in you. There are many who have enormous wealth but are perpetually in search of new ways to find happiness.
Dedicate yourself to the job and service of your choosing and your hard work will give you enough rewards for a satisfying life.
Live in the present – Matthew 6:25-27, 34
Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Staying in the present moment can improve your mental well-being and quality of life. Challenges, desires and difficult situations always surround us, but learning to stay in the present will help you stay positive.
Enjoy every moment as it comes, because past is gone, future is unseen, but present, is a present.
If you want to be great, serve – Matthew 23:11-12
Spiritual greatness is achieved through servitude and humbleness. If you want to increase your wealth – donate, because when you give you receive. The same goes for knowledge, skills and other attributes that you may possess.
Your proficiency increases when you share your learnings, knowledge and skills with others. Always be willing to give, teach or donate, this will be the true value you earn in life.
Keep your promises and be careful with what you say – Matthew 5:37
All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. A wise man once said, words from a tongue and an arrow from a quiver, once released can’t be taken back. Hence be very careful with what you say, you may forget, but others will remember.
Always stand up for what you say, and honour your promises. The character of a man is built on the promises he keeps and breaks. Understand the fact that language is a very feeble thing, it can disarm enemies or make enemies out of friends. Always use your words sparingly, to build relationships.
Stop judging – Matthew 7:1-2
For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged. How you look at others is a reflection of how you look at yourself. Your thoughts are portrayed on your face, when you judge or pass a comment, even in your head, it is seen on your face, nothing is hidden.
Learn to tolerate and adapt multitude of characters, because this world has 7 billion people and you have interacted with only a handful. Hence making judgements basis your narrow scope is futile. Be kind and patient with everyone and this will earn you respect and love.
Move on – Matthew 10:14
If anyone does not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. You can not please everyone no matter what you do or how hard you try. Even the kindest and the most loving humans are hated and have many enemies. Not everyone will believe in you. In fact even the people closest to you, may not believe in you and your ideologies.
To maintain your peace and happiness move on, spend your energies and efforts on people who matter.
Be clear with what you want – Matthew 7:7-8
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. When you desire something with all your heart, the universe creates ways to give it to you. There is nothing that can’t be achieved.
Put your entire might with unshaken belief into something you want and you will receive. The catch word is belief, many of us lose hope and get lost, but the ones who persevere, succeed.
Be the master of your thoughts and actions, think positive, believe in yourself and everything you desire will be in your grasp.
Spend time in isolation – Matthew 14:12
Human beings are a cocktail of emotions, they are happy one moment and depressed the next. The reasons for these mood swings are many, but the most critical one is, the plethora of thoughts running through your mind, like wild monkeys in a forest. To gain control over your mind, it is important to reflect, meditate and be by yourself.
Spending time with yourself unlocks your deepest desires and helps you find purpose in life. Take time everyday away from distractions, humans and the commotion of life. Look into yourself and see what moves you.
Meditation is an important tool for self-reflection, learn it and practice it daily for a blissful life.
If you want to give genuinely, give in secret – Matthew 6:1-4
Giving is a sacred function, there is no greater good than helping a fellow being. True value comes from anonymity, because when you announce the act of giving you show desire, and any act done from a motive of recognition becomes an exchange. Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
Be generous, be kind and have no expectations. This will bring more content and satisfaction to your deeds.
Jesus summarised all 613 commandments in the Old Testament. Jesus knew that, at the end of the day, all that matters is love. Love goes beyond scriptures, religion, race and beliefs. Why trouble ourselves with our differences? At the centre of it all is love.
Let love be at the centre of your thoughts, actions and words, this is the key to true bliss.