How to Be More Like Jesus (Christianity)
Documentation Download Documentation Download Documentation To be like Jesus means to be a person who is willing to put others before oneself, to seek wisdom, and to be concerned about how one interacts with all of the people one comes into contact with during life. Here are some suggestions for becoming more like Jesus.
- 1Understand who Jesus is and what he accomplished. More information about him may be found in the Bible. According to Acts 20:32, the Word of God has the ability to build you up
- 2 I adore him. Share your feelings of love with others. In John 13:34-35, Jesus stated that people would recognize us if we possessed the agape love of God and demonstrated it to the rest of humanity.
- Have the correct frame of mind. “Above all things, guard your heart, for it is from it that the problems of life arise.” Proverbs 4:23. According to Proverbs 3:5, “Put your trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not put your confidence in your own understanding.”
- s3 Take an interest in other people. Look beyond yourself and treat others as you would like to be treated (Golden Rule of Jesus in Matthew 7:12)
- Think beyond yourself and consider others. Despite the fact that Peter had betrayed Jesus, Jesus forgave him. Despite the fact that Peter betrayed Jesus, Jesus would never betray Peter
- 4 Be well-educated and smart. Luke 2:52 describes how Jesus developed in wisdom, stature, and favor with both God and man. Keep your head in the sand. “I have given you an example, that you should do likewise (John 13:15),” Jesus remarked after washing His disciples’ feet.
- Deal with your arrogance and whatever boastfulness you may have. “Let this humble mentality be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,” Paul writes in Philippians 2:5. Make a point of saying sorry when anything goes wrong.
- 6Always keep people in mind while you are making decisions. Love, according to I Corinthians 13:4, is constantly patient and kind to others. It was also through love that Jesus was able to heal the sick, and His wish was for His disciples to do the same (Matthew 14:14, Matthew 10:7-8)
- 7 Keep an eye on your tone of voice and your words (don’t curse, blaspheme, or use profanity, for example). Always be considerate of others and attempt to see things from their point of view whenever possible. “Father, forgive them, because they know not what they do,” Jesus murmured while hanging on the cross (Luke 23:34). Advertisement
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- Question What is it about living a Christian life that is so difficult? “Anyone who persecutes Me will also persecute My disciples,” Jesus warns in the Bible. Satan is waiting in the wings, preparing to ruin people who believe in Jesus. Faith, hope, and prayer, on the other hand, will see you through tough times. Christians are being slaughtered, persecuted, ridiculed, stigmatized, criticized, and mistreated as a result of their religious beliefs and practices. No one can go through life without encountering difficulties in their Christian faith. It is important to remember that Jesus died for your sins and that your recompense will be tremendous
- What is it about Christians that makes them desire to behave like Jesus? Christians follow Jesus’ teachings because they are the foundation of their faith, making him the ideal role model. By acting in the manner of Jesus, a Christian can feel certain that they are following their religion’s teachings in the manner in which Jesus would have wanted them to
- Right now, I’m going through a lot of things. Is it better for me to give up? You should not give up because Jesus will assist you in overcoming your difficulties. Read Psalm 23, which talks about God guiding you through the valley of the shadow of death. Question How can I get rid of the gloomy feeling I get after doing something that I know would offend Jesus? It takes courage to admit that you’ve made a mistake and sinned by lying, but it’s the first, and most crucial, step. Congratulations! The next stage, as you appear to have surmised, is to approach God in a state of prayer. Acknowledging your error and requesting his forgiveness are the next actions to take. Repentance is the final stage – seek assistance so that you can avoid the temptation to repeat your mistake in the future. Be kind with yourself as you go through these processes. You deserve it. The beauty of God/Jesus is that He is unfailingly forgiving
- Everyone makes errors and behaves inappropriately at times
- Question Is it possible for Christians to sin and yet be considered Christians? You do not have to worry since Jesus has forgiven all of your sins. The reason we are Christians is that Jesus came to take away ALL of our sins
- This is the reason why we believe in him. Question What can I do to increase my self-confidence? Just know that God will always love you no matter what. Psalm 139:13-14, Hebrews 4:16, 2 Corinthians 12:9, 2 Timothy 1:7, Ephesians 2:10, Hebrews 4:16
- Question What can I do to stop disliking other people? The act of hating (or greatly disliking) someone is more prevalent than you may believe, and can be motivated by a person’s conduct, looks, or prior experiences. The most important thing you can do is to just let go of these sentiments rather than concentrating on them more. Recognize that no one is flawless and that everyone makes errors and hurts others from time to time – this does not justify them, but it can prevent you from feeling so much animosity towards someone who has wronged you
- Question the actions of those who have wronged you
- And What is the significance of fasting? Keeping a fast is crucial because it helps you to remove distractions from your life – such as television, movies, or food – and provides you more time to devote to Jesus and the Bible. Does God test our faith by putting us through trials? As James writes in the book of James, “My brothers, consider it all pleasure when you experience various tribulations
- For you know that the testing of your faith creates perseverance.” Is it possible that God sends the trials? It is more accurate to say that He permits the challenges because he recognizes that they have the ability to draw us to himself while also strengthening our character. God, according to the Bible, will not allow us to be tempted beyond our ability to endure it
- Question How can you be certain that you are saved and that you will join the kingdom of heaven? Theladyorthetiger Answer from the Community You can be assured since the Bible explicitly states so! You must have trust in your abilities.
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- Do not make snap judgments about people based on their differences. Give Jesus your entire being in complete submission
- Praise God and repent of your wrongdoings
- Love your adversaries, as well as everyone else who is through difficulties. Everyone on this planet deserves to be loved
- Remember that we are all fall short of His Glory, therefore proceed with caution while passing judgment on others. Simply forgive those who have wronged you.
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- On other days, it’s not even close to being close.
- Paul said that he did the things that he didn’t want to do and that he didn’t do the things that he wanted to do as well.
- God sees your heart; God knows that you are trying, and He appreciates that you are striving to be more like Jesus on a daily basis.
- Our lives grow more like Christ’s as we incorporate these traits into our routine.
10 Ways to Become More Like Christ
Nothing can compare to the love one feels for one’s friends when one is willing to lay down one’s life for them. 15:13 (John 15:13) The Creator of all things, the King of the Universe, gave up His throne, His beauty, His majesty, and His position in order to come and die for you and me on the cross. The criteria of His love were non-existent; He died for the murderer, for the rapist, for the liar, for the gay, and for everyone else. He paid the price and experienced the punishment that was destined for you and me with His body on the cross.
- Are you able to love without conditions?
- What about that annoying family member or that annoying lady at work that makes your life a living hell?
- Would you be willing to lay down your life for them if it came to that?
- The Holy Spirit, according to the Word of God, has spread His Love into our hearts, which we have accepted.
As a result, God’s love is already there within you; all you have to do is bring it to the surface. Love the sinner in the same way that Jesus did. Your affection for them serves as a witness to God’s love for them.
2. Prayerful Life
Jesus, on the other hand, frequently retreated to isolated regions to pray. In Luke 5:16, the Bible says Jesus spent time in prayer with the Father on a regular basis. God’s Son, Jesus, understood the significance of being linked to and having a personal relationship with the Father. The only way to build a personal relationship with someone is for you to spend time with them. Is it important to you to spend time in prayer with the Lord on a regular basis? Do you just think about God when you are in crisis or when you are ready to retire for the night?
Always keep in mind that He is with you at all times.
Talk to God every day, all day; that’s all prayer is: having a discussion with God on a consistent basis.
He then replied to the Father, “Father, pardon them, for they have no idea what they are doing.” – Matthew 23:24 They placed a crown of thorns on His head, and He died as a result. They had nailed Him to the cross and were doing a lot of bidding on his garments. Jesus could have opened His lips and summoned a slew of angels at the drop of a hat. He held the ability to put an end to it all in his mouth. However, He merely opened his mouth to beg pardon from those who were crucifying him at the time.
It will be difficult, but with God’s assistance, you will be able to do it.
The Bible teaches us that if we want to be forgiven, we must first forgive others.
And so it was with the Son of Man, who did not come only to be served but rather to serve and sacrifice his life as a ransom for the sins of many. 10:45 a.m. – Mark In spite of the fact that Jesus was the King of Kings, he did not come to be served as one of them. He came to be of service. A lot of people misunderstand what it means to be humble. Having a modest attitude does not imply that you are a wimp or that you put yourself down and allow others to take advantage of you. Being humble is submitting to the might of God’s hand and accepting His will.
Being humble means putting God and His will first in all you do.
5. Jesus studied The Word of God
When they were unable to locate him, they returned to Jerusalem to continue their search. 46 After three days, they discovered him in the temple courtyards, where he was sitting among the professors, paying attention to them and asking them questions about their subjects. -Luke 2:45-46 (New International Version) In this narrative, Jesus was just a tiny kid, and he was “lost” for three days before being found. What happened to Him? While in church, he was attentively listening to and studying God’s Word.
This narrative is meant to demonstrate to us how critical it is for us to study the Scriptures.
This was his weapon of choice against the demon, and he was victorious. As in the case of the devil, we must study the Bible in order to become spiritually powerful and learn how to wield the most effective weapon we have against him.
His heart was stirred with compassion when He observed the throngs of people, since they were exhausted and dispersed, like sheep with no shepherd, and He felt sorry for them. -Matthew 9:36 (New International Version) Jesus was touched with compassion for the people He had come to help and for the situation they were in. In this context, compassion is defined as feeling empathetic sympathy and care for the pains or misfortunes of another. People in the world in which we currently live are solely concerned with themselves and “what is in it for me?” We have grown so consumed with ourselves that we have lost sight of the importance of compassion for others.
We must be empathetic every day of the year; it should be ingrained in our character.
7. Seek First the Kingdom of God
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all of these things will be given to you as a result of your efforts. Matt. 6:33 (KJV) God’s will was for Jesus to devote His life to the task of ministry in order to fulfill His Father’s desire to bring the kingdom of God to this world. Are you prioritizing the Kingdom of God in your life? Are you putting God first in your life? in your own home? with your friends and family? What steps are you doing to carry out the great commission that Jesus gave us to carry out?
As a result, go and make disciples of all countries, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and instructing them to follow everything I have instructed you to do in the first place.
He was herded to the slaughterhouse like a sheep, and just as a lamb before its shearer is mute, he remained silent before the slaughterhouse. –Acts 8:32 (NIV) Even in the most trying circumstances of His life, Jesus maintained His composure. He could have stopped all of His suffering with a single word, yet He maintained his composure and remained focused on the task that He had been sent to do. There are difficulties in the Christian life, and whether we like it or not, we will face difficulties.
- You will avoid slipping into sin if you exercise self-control.
- Keep your feet firmly planted on the Word of God by exercising self-control.
- Are you here to annihilate our civilization?
- Satan was cast out, storms were calmed by His words, and illness and disease were forced to depart the earth.
- What’s more, guess what?
- You have the same resurrection power that resurrected Jesus from the dead.
Speaking to your mountains is what Jesus meant; he didn’t say “weep and beg me to remove your mountains.” “Use your authority and speak to your circumstance as I did,” he was saying, referring to his own experience. Understand who you are in Christ and how to exercise your authority!
And when He was discovered in human form, He humbled Himself and became submissive to the point of death, even the death of the cross. –Philippians 2:8 Jesus was obedient to the Father’s will and completely committed Himself to it. Obedience may be difficult, it can be frightening, and it demands a great deal of trust. Nonetheless, loyalty is richly rewarded. Remember, God is not interested in your sacrifice; rather, He is interested in your obedience. Obedience is rewarded with blessings.
In fact, when He was discovered in human form, He humbled Himself and became submissive to the point of death, even death on the cross. –Philippians 2:8 Jesus was obedient to the Father’s wishes and completely committed Himself to Him. Following orders may be difficult, it can be frightening, and it takes a lot of faith. The benefits of obedience are enormous. Keep in mind that God does not desire your sacrifice; rather, He desires your submission. When we obey, we are favored.
How to Be More Like Jesus: 7 Tips
The disciples were informed by Jesus after He had washed their feet, “I have set an example for you, and you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:15). In order for us to learn to live in His ways, Jesus’ entire life served as a model for us to follow. So, what does it look like to be a follower of Jesus look like? We’ve compiled a list of seven things you may concentrate on in order to grow more like the Lord.
1. Study His life
If we desire to become more like Jesus, we must first come to comprehend who He is. We should be aware of what distinguished Him from previous leaders. We must understand what drove Him to do what He did. We need to see how He responded to the individuals in His immediate vicinity. We should spend as much time as possible in His parables. This necessitates the formation of New Testament scholars in our midst. However, we must also immerse ourselves in the Old Testament in order to perceive God’s unfolding purpose as well as predictions of Jesus’ coming.
In contrast, if you suffer as a result of doing good and you persevere, this is praiseworthy in God’s eyes.
One of the reasons why it is so important to read the Bible is for this reason.
2. Love God
Jesus condensed the entirety of the Old Testament law into two commandments: love God and love your neighbor as yourself. But he doesn’t simply tell us that we must love God; he tells us that we must love God with all of our hearts, souls, minds, and might. We must love God with all of our hearts, minds, and souls. We may find a great illustration of this in Jesus’ temptations, which we will discuss later. The devil tempts Jesus over and over again to serve Himself or to worship someone else, but Jesus always brings the subject back to serving God and not himself.
When the Pharisees become upset, Jesus tells them that “the Son can do nothing by himself; he can only do what he sees his Father doing, since whatever the Father does, the Son likewise does” (John 5:19b).
Jesus’ devotion to the Father is such that it motivates Him to seek God’s will in whatever he undertakes. In the same manner, when we talk about loving Jesus, we are referring to a deep affection that goes beyond mere love. It permeates our everyday attitudes and behaviors as a result of this.
3. Love others
When you pay close attention to Jesus’ actions, it’s difficult to overlook how deeply He cared about those around Him. However, this is not due to the fact that He is continually reminding everyone how much He loves them. You can see it in His actions and demeanor. The manner in which He interacted with others. The manner He identified Himself with those who were not acceptable in first-century society was particularly noteworthy. When we read the Gospels, we tend to concentrate on the important topics and overlook some of the finer subtleties.
- People are constantly approaching Jesus and asking Him questions or demanding favors, and Jesus is always kind in his responses and obliging.
- A synagogue leader called Jairus arrived, and as he arrived, he immediately dropped on his knees at the feet of Jesus.
- Please come and lay your hands on her in order for her to be cured and to continue to live.” As a result, Jesus accompanied him.
- There was also a woman present who had been suffering from bleeding for the last twelve years.
- The first time she heard about Jesus, she walked up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, believing that if she merely touched his garments, she would be healed.
- Jesus recognized right away that his authority had been taken away from him.
- He was asked who touched him, and his followers said, “You see the throng swarming about you, but you can inquire, ‘Who touched me?'” However, Jesus continued to glance around to discover who had done it.
- He addressed her by saying, “Your faith has restored your health, daughter.
- Jesus has only recently arrived at the coast, and a large multitude has instantly gathered around Him.
- As He is replying to this interruption, He is instantly interrupted by a lady who is also experiencing difficulties in her relationship.
- Jesus, on the other hand, stops everything to address her.
Despite the fact that he is being tugged in numerous ways at the same time, his answer to her is compassionate and sympathetic. It is possible to uncover a blueprint for what it means to really love others when we pay attention to the way Jesus cared for those around him.
4. Invest in maturity
At times, it appears as though we are living in a Peter Pan culture. When it comes to our elders, we have a propensity to dismiss them as unimportant, while exalting our youthfulness. We’ll go to any length to maintain our youthful appearance and delay the onset of natural aging as much as we possibly can. And as a result of this cultural propensity, we find ourselves clinging on to immature hobbies, behaviors, and attitudes as well. As a result, adolescence is becoming increasingly extended in time.
- The writer of the Gospel concludes the section on Jesus’ birth and boyhood by informing us that “Jesus grew in knowledge and stature, as well as in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52).
- Our ability to emulate Jesus will be severely limited if we are actively fighting against our own maturation.
- Intelligence is not the same as wisdom.
- He was, without a doubt, bright and informed, but the manner in which He interacted with and responded to people demonstrated genuine, God-given understanding.
- Part of it is heeding Paul’s counsel to put aside childish things, which is important (1 Corinthians 13:11).
- Instead, it should enable us to concentrate on what is ultimately useful and productive to God’s kingdom—as well as to ourselves and our fellow humans.
- When it comes to wisdom, the author of Jame’s Epistle advises that “if any of you lacks wisdom, you should approach God, who gives freely and without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).
5. Choose humility
When Paul writes to the church at Philippi, he exhorts them to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. What particular feature does he emphasize? What is the authority of Jesus? What is his authority? No. The humility of Jesus is the center of Paul’s letter. He informs the congregation (as well as ourselves) that “Fill up the gaps in my happiness by being like-minded, sharing the same love, being one in spirit and one in thought. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit in your own self-importance.
The God of the cosmos chose to put aside His divinity in order to become a human being and redeem humanity via a tragically cruel death on the cross.
In Matthew’s Gospel, there is a segment in which Jesus calls out the professors of the law and the Pharisees for their hypocrisy.
He then directs them on how to proceed “One of the greatest among you shall serve as your personal servant. It is because those who elevate themselves will be humbled, and it is because those who humble themselves will be exalted ” (Matthew 23:11-12).
6. Be prayerful
When you’re reading through the Gospels, take particular attention to Jesus’ interactions with the Father. The frequency with which Jesus prays, as well as the settings in which he prays, may surprise you. Not only are there countless cases of Jesus seeking seclusion to pray, but there are also numerous examples of Jesus seeking isolation to meditate (for instance, Matthew 14:23, Mark 1:35, Luke 9:18). But it wasn’t only that Jesus had a private prayer life that kept him going. He prayed in public on a regular basis.
Prior to performing miracles, he prayed (Matthew 14:19, Mark 6:46, Mark 7:31–37, and John 11:41), according to the Bible.
One of his disciples approached him when he had finished and said: “Lord, teach us to pray in the same way that John taught his followers.” In response, he instructed them to pray as follows: “Father, hallowed be your name; your kingdom come.” Provide us with our daily bread on a daily basis.
“And save us from falling prey to temptation.” (See also Luke 11:1–4).
7. Practice obedience
Jesus’ fundamental characteristic was his submission to God’s will. He made it clear that he needed to execute God’s will on several occasions:
- “I came down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work,” Jesus declared (John 4:34)
- “I am powerless to do anything
- I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I seek not to please myself but him who sent me” (John 5:30)
- “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me” (John 6:38)
- “I have much to say in judgment of you “However, the one who sent me is trustworthy, and I tell the world what I have heard from him” (John 8:26)
- “No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down of my own free will” (John 8:38). I have the authority to put it down and the authority to pick it back up again if necessary. This is a directive that I got from my Father “(See also John 10:18).
We are told by the apostle Paul that Jesus humbled Himself and that His obedience brought Him to the cross. He was elevated to the highest position and given the name that is above other names as a result of his faithfulness, according to the Bible (Philippians 2:9). The more our desire to do God’s will, the more we shall resemble Jesus in appearance.
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- The 24-day challenge for the film “JESUS”
- The Women Who Came Into Contact with Jesus
- Making Disciples Without Hesitation
- Having the Heart of a Champion: Recognizing one’s own identity in God
- For Those Who Follow Jesus, There Are Promises
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Being More Like Jesus
Christians and anyone who adore Jesus frequently express a desire to grow in Christlikeness and to emulate his example.
However, it is far easier said than done. Despite the fact that we are terribly imperfect individuals who lack the ability to become Christlike on our own, we may spend our lives working to become more like Him with the assistance of the Holy Spirit.
Five steps for becoming more like Jesus
There is no method for becoming more like Jesus, however there are several activities that many Christians engage in on their journey to become more like Him, including the ones listed below:
- Get to know Jesus better by reading his biography in the Bible—The life of Jesus is condensed into four volumes in the Bible: the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The narrative of Jesus, as well as His teachings and examples, should be studied in more depth if you want to become more like Jesus. Don’t forget to read the rest of the Bible as well. Jesus is one with the Father, and the rest of the tales in the Bible are just as important to your spiritual development as the ones about Jesus. Pray— Prayer is our direct line of communication with God. We may take a moment to converse with Him at any time of day and to pay attention to what He may be saying to us in return. During His earthly ministry, Jesus spent a significant amount of time in prayer to the Father. When praying, you should spend some time talking to Jesus about how you might become more like Him. Take action based on your convictions. In some manner, whether it’s via Scripture reading or prayer, you may find yourself convicted. Your conviction to make a change in your life, to reach out to someone, to contribute, and other actions may be strengthened. If, as a result of what you’re learning, you feel strongly about anything, lean into that feeling of conviction. The failure to act on what you’ve learned stymies your development. Increase your generosity toward others— A large number of Jesus’ teachings highlighted the importance of loving one’s neighbor. This is a difficult task for many of us since we have a tendency to gravitate toward individuals who are similar to us and to avoid those who are different. If, on the other hand, we want to become more like Jesus, we must learn to love others unconditionally. It’s important to remember that this isn’t just for the sole purpose of being able to claim that you’re becoming more like Jesus. It’s because loving others is something that God considers to be good and desirable. Maintain your humility— In his teachings, Jesus taught that being humble and putting other people before yourself are the keys to growing closer to God and loving others well. To the point of allowing Himself to be crucified, he demonstrated extreme modesty. This is remarkable considering the amount of power He could have had since He was (and still is), well, God. To be more like Jesus, we, too, should practice humility
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10 Ways to Be More Like Jesus
The manner in which Jesus distinguished himself from the rest of his generation It wasn’t until recently that I came across an essay written by someone who might be considered somewhat of a protagonist when it comes to Christian religion. It was headlined something along the lines of “My New Year’s Resolution Is to Be More Like Jesus,” and then on the list were things that were true of Jesus, but not always true of Jesus followers, such as forgiveness and compassion. It hurt, as it should have, but it was necessary.
We do not have authority over it; rather, it has authority over us.
Perhaps you’ll come up with a different list of ten, but here’s my first attempt.
1. Hang Out With Sinners.
“At this point, tax collectors and sinners were all congregating around him to hear him speak. Pharisees and legal scholars, however, said, “This man invites sinners and shares his meal with them.” —Luke 15:1 (the Bible)
2. Afflict the Comfortable.
I say to you, professors of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites: Woe to you! While you clean the outside of the cup and plate, they are still filled with greed and self-indulgence on the inside. “You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear lovely on the outside but are filled with the bones of the dead and everything unclean on the inside,” says the prophet. —Matthew 23:25 and Matthew 27:45
3. Comfort the Afflicted.
“Do you feel tired? Are you exhausted? Are you fed up with religion? Please come to me. If you come away with me, you’ll be able to reclaim your life. I’ll teach you how to get a good night’s sleep. Take a walk with me and work with me to see how I do things. Learn to flow with the natural rhythms of grace. I’m not going to put something bulky or ill-fitting on you, promise. As long as you keep company with me, you will learn how to live freely and gently.” Matt. 11:28–30 (KJV)
4. Promote the Dignity and Worth of Women.
“Do you feel exhausted? ” Tired and depleted of energy? Have you reached the end of your faith? Arrive at my location. Let me help you get back on track in your life. How to get a good night’s sleep will be demonstrated. Along the way, you may observe how I walk and operate.
Learn the grace-filled rhythms that flow naturally from one moment to another. Everything I put on you will be light and comfortable. You’ll learn to live freely and lightly if you keep company with me.” Matt. 11:28–30 (New International Version)
5. Protect Children.
“And anyone welcomes one of these children in my name does it in my honor. The punishment for causing even a single one of these small ones—those who trust in me—to stumble would be a heavy millstone around their neck and drowning in the depths of the ocean.” —Matthew 18:5–6 (New International Version)
6. Care More About Reaching the Lost Than Catering to the Found.
“Does it make a difference whether you’re well or sick? I’m here to invite outsiders, not insiders—an invitation to a transformed life, both on the inside and on the outside.” —Luke 5:31–32 (KJV)
7. Care Nothing About Power, Prominence, Position or Prestige.
“When it comes to your interpersonal interactions, adopt the perspective of Christ Jesus, who, despite the fact that he was God in his very essence, did not see his equality with God as something to be exploited for his own gain; rather, he humbled himself by taking on the very nature of a servant.” Philippians 2:5–7 (New International Version)
8. Live Simply.
“Keep in mind the perspective of Christ Jesus in your interactions with one another: that although being God in very essence, he did not see his equality with God as something to be exploited for his own gain; rather, he humbled himself by taking on the very nature of a servant. 5–7 (Philippians 2:15–18)
9. Be Anti-Racist.
“When it comes to your interpersonal interactions, adopt the perspective of Christ Jesus, who, despite the fact that he was God in his very essence, did not consider his equality with God something to be exploited for his own gain; rather, he humbled himself by taking on the very nature of a servant.” 5–7 (Philippians 2:15–17)
10. Make Sure It’s Never About You.
“When it comes to your interpersonal relationships, adopt the mindset of Christ Jesus, who, despite the fact that he was God in his very nature, did not regard his equality with God as something to be exploited for his own gain; rather, he made himself nothing by taking on the very nature of a servant.” —Philippians 2:5–7
How can I become more like Christ?
QuestionAnswer God’s aim for everyone who know Him is for us to grow in our ability to become more like Jesus. We accomplish this by first increasing our understanding of Christ. It goes to reason that we cannot develop the characteristics of someone we have never met. With more knowledge of Christ comes greater comprehension of Him, and with greater understanding of Him comes greater likeness to Him. A number of reasons include the fact that we must know and comprehend Christ in order to feel confident in our faith.
But instead of doing so, we will grow up into Christ, who is the Head of all things if we tell the truth in love to everyone and everything.
But, as you grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, you will be blessed.
Of course, knowledge alone will not result in the development of a Christlike personality.
As we read in Romans 12:1-2, we are told unequivocally that the process of filling our minds with the knowledge of God not only brings us closer to Christlikeness, but that our obedience to that knowledge aligns us with God’s perfect will: “Consequently, in light of God’s mercy, I strongly encourage you, brothers, to present your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.
- Change your thinking so that you no longer conform to the pattern of this world, but that you are changed by the renewing of your mind.
- Similarly, much as John the Baptist saw that “Christ must increase, but I must diminish” (John 3:30), the Christian develops to reflect more of Christ and less of his or her own personality as time goes on.
- For whomever wishes to preserve his or her life will end up losing it, but whoever wishes to give his or her life for me will end up saving it ” (Luke 9:23-24).
- God desires for us to forget about this world and all of its fleeting delights and to follow His commands in His Word.
- As a result, adhering to God’s Word is synonymous with conforming to Christ.
- By reading and studying the Bible on a regular basis and doing what it says, we may deepen our understanding of God and our relationship with him.
When we have entered Heaven and will be with God for all of eternity, this process will have reached its conclusion. Questions concerning the Christian Life (return to top of page) What steps may I take to become more like Christ?
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QuestionAnswer In order for us to become more like Christ, God desires that those who know Him do so. In order to accomplish this, we must first increase in our understanding of Christ. For obvious reasons, we cannot develop the characteristics of someone we do not know. With more knowledge of Christ comes greater comprehension of Him, and with greater understanding of Him comes greater similarity to Him. We need to know and comprehend Christ, among other things, so that we may be confident in our beliefs.
- But instead of doing so, we will grow up into Christ, who is the Head of all things if we tell the truth in love.
- “Consequently, since you are already aware of this, be on your watch so that you do not become entangled in the deception of lawless persons and lose your footing in your safe position.
- Forever and ever, may he get praise!
- A Christlike character cannot be developed just via information.
Specifically, Romans 12:1-2 teaches us that the process of filling our minds with God’s knowledge not only brings us closer to Christlikeness, but that obedience to that knowledge aligns us with the perfect will of God as well: “Consequently, in light of God’s mercy, I strongly encourage you, brothers, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.
- Refrain from remaining in line with the pattern of this world, but rather allow yourself to be transformed via a renewed mindset.
- Just as John the Baptist saw that “Christ must increase, but I must diminish” (John 3:30), so the Christian matures to reflect more of Christ and less of his or her own personality as time progresses.
- For whomever wishes to preserve his or her life will end up losing it, but whoever wishes to give his or her life for me will end up saving it ” (Luke 9:23-24).
- God desires for us to forget about this world and all of its fleeting delights, and instead, to follow His Word and live according to it.
- Following the Word of God, we are conforming to the person of Jesus.
- By reading and studying the Bible on a regular basis and doing what it says, we can increase our understanding of God.
This process will be completed only when we have entered Heaven and will spend forever with God. Questions regarding the Christian Life (return to top of page). So, what can I do to become more like Jesus?
5 Ways To Love Like Jesus
The gospel of Jesus Christ is founded on love, and we are to love in the same way that He loves. Our loving God sent Jesus to suffer for our sins so that we would not perish but would live forever in his presence (John 3:16). No one is beyond the reach of Christ’s love in the world, and when we embrace Him as our Savior, His love becomes a permanent fixture in our lives. It is demonstrated in the Bible how to love others in the manner of Jesus. LOVE God’s love for us is completely unmerited, and we have done nothing to earn or deserve it.
It was He who demonstrated how to love others, and it is our responsibility to follow His example with five methods to love like Jesus.
1) Show Kindness
By being friendly to our neighbors and other people we come into contact with on a daily basis, we are demonstrating the love of Christ to them. If we want to love people like Christ does, we must be kind to them even when we don’t believe they deserve it. Our actions can bring a smile to the faces of others because we are doing it out of the kindness of our hearts. Even if we don’t know someone, we may be kind and considerate toward them instead of treating them as if we do not know them at all.
The Bible says, “And be friendly to one another, tenderhearted,” and “forgive one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.” Paul writes in Ephesians 4:32 that
2) Pray for Others
Prayer is powerful because it encourages God to act in the lives of those who pray for them. Jesus desires for us to pray for others in order for Him to intervene in their situations and provide them with a breakthrough from their difficulties. We don’t just have to pray for people when they are in danger; we have to pray for them all of the time. When you have nothing more to give someone, you may just pray for them and believe that God will hear and answer your prayers on their behalf. As well as on all occasions and with all types of petitions and requests, pray in the Spirit on all occasions.” Keep this in mind as you remain vigilant and persistent in your prayers for all of the Lord’s people.” Paul writes in Ephesians 6:18 that
3) Love Others the Way you Love Yourself
Inviting God into the lives of people via prayer is extremely effective. The Lord desires for us to pray for others in order for Him to intervene in their situations and provide them with a breakthrough from their difficulties. People need our prayers all of the time; we don’t just need to pray for them when they’re in crisis. Whenever you feel as though you have nothing more to give someone, you can pray for them and believe that God will hear and answer your plea.
As well as on all occasions and with all types of petitions and requests, pray in the Spirit.” Remember to remain vigilant and to pray for all of the Lord’s people at all times. In Ephesians 6:18, the apostle Paul says
4) Show Patience
According to 1 Corinthians 13:4, love is patient, and when we demonstrate patience to others, we are demonstrating the love of Christ to them. As patient individuals, we are to bear with one another and provide others the opportunity to develop and become more like Christ. We ought to be patient with others wherever we go since everyone are different from us and we don’t know what conflicts they are fighting on a daily basis as we do. It’s difficult to be patient with people in today’s fast-paced environment when we want everything to be completed immediately.
“Exercise total humility and gentleness; be patient and forbear with one another in love.” Paul writes in Ephesians 4:2 that What is the best way to share your beliefs with others?
5) Love your Enemies
According to 1 Corinthians 13:4, love is patient, and when we demonstrate patience to others, we are demonstrating the love of Christ to them. To be patient individuals, we must tolerate one another and allow others the opportunity to develop and become more like Christ. Because individuals are different from us and we don’t know the challenges they endure on a daily basis, we have to treat them with tolerance everywhere we go. Having patience with people is difficult in this fast-paced society when everything must be completed immediately.
“Exercise total humility and gentleness; be patient and forbearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2 (New International Version) What is the best way to convey your faith?
Conclusion: How to Love Like Jesus?
God is love, and if we claim to be godly, we must demonstrate that love to everyone around us via our actions. In obedience to God, love is something we show to others regardless of whether they deserve it or not. It might be difficult to love those who are difficult to love, but the grace of God will assist us in doing so. Prayerfully consider how you might have a loving and caring heart toward others, and how you can be a reflection of Christ’s love in the world.
Becoming more like Jesus — by Hugh Davis
It might be difficult to continue to grow as a Christian. However, we recognize that we still have a long way to go and might often feel as though we are slipping backwards in our spiritual development. So, what are the best ways for us to progress? The solution is found in 2 Corinthians 3:18, which is a New Testament passage. The Lord’s splendor is being contemplated by all of us, and we are being converted into his image with ever-increasing splendour, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit, as we gaze upon it.
- Throughout the football World Cup, youngsters from all around the world tried to emulate their favorite footballer’s performance.
- Some even mimicked their haircut in an attempt to appear as similar to them as possible!
- Because they have a great deal of respect for that player.
- Jesus led a tremendously appealing life: he lived to please his heavenly Father, who was the center of his universe.
- He gave up himself, his own life, for the sake of the rest of us.
- The more we see him like this, the more we will admire him and begin to emulate his behavior.
- Simply attempting to adhere to rigid regulations will not transform us into people who resemble Jesus.
Rules can not alter hearts, but revelation – specifically, the revelation of Jesus to our hearts – can and does transform hearts. Then our hearts will be transformed into his likeness, and we will follow his rule. So, what exactly do we need to do in this situation?
It might be difficult to continue to grow in your Christian faith. However, we recognize that we still have a long way to go and might often seem as though we are moving backwards in our efforts to become more like Jesus. So, what are the best ways for us to progress? – This is addressed in 2 Corinthians 3:18, which is a biblical reference. The Lord’s splendor is being contemplated by all of us, and we are being converted into his image with ever-increasing splendour, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit, as we do so.
- Throughout the FIFA World Cup, youngsters from all around the world attempted to emulate their favorite footballer.
- In order to seem as much like them as possible, some even mimicked their hairstyles!
- For the simple reason that they adore that player.
- Because he lived to please his heavenly Father rather than for himself, Jesus had a beautifully enticing life to live.
- Ultimately, he laid down his life to save us.
- The more we see him like this, the more we will admire him and begin to emulate his character and attributes.
- We will not become more like Jesus by just attempting to adhere to stringent laws.
- No amount of rules can transform our hearts, but only revelation can — specifically, the revelation of Jesus Christ to our hearts.
- Consequently, what actions are necessary?
Following that, we must read God’s Word. According to 2 Corinthians 4:4, we may perceive the glory of Christ through the gospel message. It is in this place that we see his self-sacrificial love for us sinners manifest. He came as the predicted Messiah, he knew what he would have to go through, yet he chose to come as a man for us instead of a prophet. His sufferings on our behalf are recorded in the gospels, where we watch him die that awful, torturous death for us while bearing the wrath of God against us – all in order to free you and me from our sins.
- In addition, we can see God’s flawless character in both God’s law and Christ’s life, since he has always stood up for what is right in every situation.
- When a result, as we read the Bible, we will see more of Jesus, which is exactly what we need in order to become more like him ourselves.
- This is due to the fact that our hearts will become fixed on other things instead.
- Additionally, in order to reap the benefits of our daily Bible readings, they must be more than just another item on our “to do” list.
Spend your time instead contemplating the wonderful news of Jesus. So, what do you need to alter in your schedule in order to spend more time in God’s Word this year? Why not contact your pastor for assistance with your personal Bible reading so that you may go deeper into the text?
Third, be selective about the things you cherish and admire. Greg Beale’s book, We Become What We Worship, focuses on a convicting warning that God issued to Israel in the book of Isaiah, which is available online. God said that Israel had become like the idols that they had been worshipping for thousands of years. They were born with ears, but were unable to hear; they were born with eyes, but were unable to see; and so on and so forth. Israel has become spiritually dead as a result of the Holocaust.
Those who prize money will become spiritually dead; those who value position will become spiritually as unsteady as the perilous standing for which they strive; and those who treasure comfort will become spiritually sluggish and unproductive, according to the scriptures.
Other people’s possessions will cause us to become spiritually feeble and lifeless as a result of our attachment to them.
Is there anything in your life that has become more valuable to you than your relationship with Jesus?
Last but not least, remember that this is an ongoing process. The Bible declares that we are “being converted” in 2 Corinthians 3:18. We are not going to be transformed overnight, so don’t lose hope if you have a setback or don’t get the results you desire as soon as you would like. However, take heart in the fact that God is still working on you, one great step at a time. And one day, when we see him for who he truly is, we shall be transformed into beings who are just like him (1 John 3:2).
Choosing to Become More Like Jesus
This process of metamorphosis is referred to as “sanctification” by some. Believers in Christ have the Holy Spirit indwelling them, and they have the ability to effect change in their lives. As Christians, there are times when there is intrinsic change brought about by the power of the Gospel, but there are also moments when we must actively pursue this change on our own initiative. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be converted by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect,” says Romans 12:2, “do not be conformed to this world, but be changed by the renewing of your mind.” It is important to note that this passage informs us that we have a choice – “.be changed by the renewing of your mind.” Take, for example, just a handful of the spiritual disciplines – or choices – we make in order to be transformed into the image of Christ.
Be familiar with the Bible.
When we understand what God has to say about something through His word, we are more equipped to pray about it in accordance with God’s will.
‘The word of God is alive and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even to the division of the soul and spirit, as well as of both joints and marrow,’ says Hebrews 4:12, and it is capable of discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart.
And what are the ramifications of a conviction?
Pray When we pray, we are telling Christ that we think He is Who He claims to be, that we accept the salvation He has provided, and that we want Him to enter our hearts and lives.
A meaningful transformation begins with this realization.
It was he who approached Jesus and begged him to heal his kid.
The first thing that stood out about this man was that he was brutally honest with himself, and with Jesus.
Christ recognizes and appreciates our genuineness.
No matter how hard He tries, He will never deny the type of transformation He says He desires to see in us.
The Bible says it thus way in Matthew 5:44: “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Although this may not transform our circumstances, it has the potential to change our hearts.
Obey When we serve God with all of our hearts, following what He has instructed, change is unavoidable.
The term “slave” in this passage does not carry the negative meaning that many people believe it does because of the context in which it is used.
When God is our Master, we are obligated to follow His commands.
The New American Standard Bible is used to provide all of the Scripture references.
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