Jesus also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Christ was born in 4 BC. He was a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader. While He was on the earth, he taught the way to be happy, find peace, and return to live with God. His gospel still applies today.
Jesus was a revolutionary figure who challenged traditions, religion, and beliefs. Let’s look at 10 of his teachings that could help us be better:
- Forgive freely – Matthew 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Keeping 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. It pollutes one’s soul while also taking you away from the supreme. There’ll be many who will do you wrong, but reacting to them is your choice. There are many forces, that just want to see you break, when you control your rage, you leave your enemies bewildered and take away their power.
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 happiness, it 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 you have chosen, 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 helps us 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
For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
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. You become more proficient in your craft when you part your skills with others. Always be willing to give, teach or donate, it’ll be the true value that you earn in your 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. Character of a man is built on the promises kept and broken.
Language is a very feeble thing, it can be used to disarm enemies or make enemies out of friends. Always use your words sparingly and to build relationships.
- Stop judging – Matthew 7:1-2
For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
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, its seen on your face, nothing is hidden. Learn to tolerate and adapt with multitude of characters, because there are multiple combinations of personalities present on earth, with even more complex thought and behaviour patterns. Judging someone basis your mental conditioning, is a very frail approach in understanding others.
Learn everyday to adapt and accept different kind of people. They react basis situations, past memories and their environment, hence be kind and patient, this will earn you respect and love.
- Move on – Matthew 10:14
If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.
You cannot please everyone no matter what you do or how hard you try, even the kindest and the most loving humans had their share of haters and enemies. Not everyone will believe in you. In fact, the people closest to you may also be the people who do not believe in you the most. To maintain your peace and tranquility move on and spend your energy and effort 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 and you shall receive. The catch here is belief, many of us lose hope and get lost, but who persevere succeed. Be the master of your mind, thoughts and actions; think positive, believe in yourself and everything you desire will be in your grasp.
- Spend time in isolation – Matthew 14:12
When Jesus heard of John’s execution, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.
Human beings are a cocktail of emotions, we may be happy one moment and feel depressed the next. The reason for these mood swings may be many, but the critical reason is plethora of thoughts running through our minds like wild monkeys in forest. To gain control 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 and what you need to achieve to be at peace.
Meditation is an important tool for self-reflection, learn and make it a practise for a blissful life.
- If you want to give genuinely, give in secret – Matthew 6:1-4
Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
Giving is a sacred function, there is nothing of a 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. Exchange completes the transaction and there is no value left.
Be generous, be kind and have no expectations. This will bring more content and satisfaction in 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, it is the key to true bliss.