Jesus’ character and the way he lived his life is filled with good examples of ways we can copy him!
He loved his enemies. Luke (22:50-51) records that when the Apostle Peter cut off the ear of the soldier who came to arrest Jesus, Jesus healed him. Loving and forgiving our enemies is very hard to do, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.
Jesus felt sorry for those in need. Matthew tells us that after more than 4000 people followed Jesus him for three days (15:32 NLT) he said to his disciples, "I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat. I don't want to send them away hungry, or they will faint along the way." He then miraculously fed the people with only seven loaves of bread and a few fish. Although we can’t perform miracles like these, we can definitely have a caring and sharing attitude with those in need around us. Jesus was humble as we should be. He didn’t brag about himself or his accomplishments. Matthew (11:29) (NASB) records him as saying, "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Jesus was sympathetic. When his close friend Lazarus died and he saw Lazarus’ friends and family crying, his heart was moved, and he cried too. Our hearts should also be warm and open to feeling the sadness that others feel.
He encouraged his friends. The Apostle Peter felt terrible about denying him Jesus three times, et Jesus forgave him and encouraged him to continue spreading the Gospel message. We can support our friends too, when they make mistakes. Lastly, he prayed to God often. We can go to God in prayer at any time. 1 Thess (5:17 God’s Word Translation) says, “Never stop praying.”
So, how can we be more like Jesus? We can love our enemies, learn to be forgiving, feel sorry for those in need, be humble and sympathetic, encourage our friends, and pray to God as often as we can.
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