Jesus Lessons (The Ultimate Guide + Image Quotes)

Jesus was a revolutionary figure who challenged traditions, religion, and beliefs, in addition to being the Savior for Christians and a prophet for Muslims. He was one of the first thought leaders to inspire the rest of the world. Here are 21 life lessons you can learn from Jesus, whether you are a Christian or not:

1. Be specific about what you want

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; and knock, and it will be opened to you.” Everyone who asks receives; everyone who seeks finds; and everyone who knocks will have the door opened.” — Matt. 7:7-8

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Jesus understood that one of the secrets to success is clarity. Be deliberate in how you live your life. Make it clear what you want to accomplish. Knowing what to ask for and how to ask for it is essential.

2. When you find “it,” take the leap of faith

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field that a person discovers and hides again, and then goes and sells everything he owns to buy that field out of joy. Again, the kingdom of heaven is analogous to a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he comes across a pearl of great value, he goes out and sells everything he owns to buy it.” — Matt. 13:44-46

Take a chance and a leap of faith when you finally find your life's purpose, mission, or dream. You may or may not make it right away, but you will make it. The pursuit also includes joy and fulfillment. The rest is just icing on the cake. Take a step toward your goal!

3. Be patient and kind to those who criticize you

“You've heard the saying, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, offer no resistance to an evildoer. When someone slaps you on the (right) cheek, turn the other cheek to him as well.” — Matt. 5:38–39

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“You've heard it said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your heavenly Father, who makes his sun rise on the good and the bad and rain on the just and the unjust. For what recompense will you have if you love those who love you? Do not tax collectors behave similarly? And what's unusual about greeting only your brothers? Do the pagans not do the same?” — Matt. 5:44–47

It is more natural for us to push back when we are being pushed. It's difficult not to respond. But imagine how surprised they will be if we pull them closer to us instead of pushing them away. There would be less conflict as well. Besides, loving those who cannot love us back is more rewarding. Respond with love at all times.

4. Always go above and beyond the call of duty

“Hand over your cloak if anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic. If anyone forces you to serve for one mile, go with him for two. Give to those who ask, and don't turn away from those who want to borrow.” — Matt. 5:40–42

Always go the extra mile in your career, business, relationships, service, loving others, and everything else you do. Strive for excellence in all that you do.

5. Keep your promises and watch what you say

“Let your ‘Yes' mean ‘Yes,' and your ‘No' mean ‘No.'” 5:37 — Matthew

“You will be acquitted or condemned by the words you speak.” — St. Matthew 12:37

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“Before you speak once, think twice,” as the old adage goes. Your words have the ability to change your life and the lives of others. Always be truthful in what you say and dependable in your promises. When in doubt about what to say, say something loving.

6. Your attitude toward others reflects your attitude toward yourself

“Stop judging so that you are not judged. For as you judge, you will be judged, and the measure you use will be measured back to you.” — Matt. 7:1–2.

If you measure other people's success based on their finances, chances are you measure your own success the same way. If you measure their success based on their job titles, chances are you also measure your own success in the same way. Do you need to change the unit of measurement you're using?

7. Adhere to the Golden Rule

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” — Matt. 7:12

This is a compilation of all of Jesus' life lessons. In fact, for Christians and non-Christians alike, this is probably Jesus' most popular lesson. What would you like others to do to and for you? Do the same for and to them. You can never go wrong with the Golden Rule, no matter what you believe in.

8. Forgive others… as many times as necessary

“If you forgive the transgressions of others, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” — Matt. 6:14-15

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“Then Peter approached him and asked, ‘Lord, how many times must I forgive my brother if he sins against me?' How many times can you say that?' “I say to you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times,” Jesus replied. — Matt. 18:21-22

Unforgiveness burdens not only the unforgiven person, but also the person who refuses to forgive. Set others free by forgiving them, and you will eventually set yourself free. Also, just as you make the same mistakes over and over, give others the same leeway to make the same mistakes. After all, no one is perfect, right?

9. It is impossible to please everyone. Continue your journey

“Whoever does not welcome you or listen to your words, go outside that house or town and shake the dust off your feet.” — Matt. 10:14

“Jesus returned to his hometown and taught the people in their synagogue. They were taken aback and asked, “Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds?” Isn't he the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother Mary, and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas also named Mary? Aren't all of his sisters with us? ‘From where did this man get all of this?' And they were offended by him. But Jesus told them, “A prophet has no honor except in his native land and in his own house.” And because of their lack of faith, he did not perform many mighty deeds there.” — Matt. 13:54-58

You cannot please everyone, no matter what you do or how hard you try. Not everyone will have faith in you. In fact, the people closest to you may also be the ones who have the least faith in you. Move on and devote your best energy and effort to those who do. It may hurt at first, but it is preferable to slowly letting yourself and your dreams die.

10. Demonstrate your worth through your actions, not your words

“Just as a good tree bears good fruit, a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a rotten tree cannot bear healthy fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and burned. So you will recognize them by their fruits.” — Matt. 7:17-20

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We frequently tell others that we are more than they believe we are. We live in a results-oriented society. Rather than simply saying we are more, let us be more, take action, and deliver results. That will suffice as proof for them. Saying nice things isn't enough. Make good decisions. Don't just declare your lofty goals. Take action and make your dreams a reality.

11. Take the less-traveled path

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road that leads to destruction is broad, and those who enter through it are numerous. How narrow the gate and how constricting the road that leads to life are. And those who find it are few in number.” — Matt. 7:13-14

The decision of the majority is not always the best decision. The phrase vox populi, vox dei (the voice of the people is God's voice) is not always true. Not everyone is willing to go above and beyond to help others. Not all businesses want to provide their customers with the best service and experience possible. Doing the right thing most of the time means going against the grain and doing what is unpopular. If you're taking the road less traveled, you're probably on the right track.

12. Spend some time alone, no matter how you're feeling

“When Jesus learned of John's execution, he went away in a boat by himself to a deserted place.” — Matt. 14:12

“After feeding the multitude and dismissing the crowd, he went up the mountain by himself to pray.” He was there alone in the evening.” — Matt. 14:23

Always make time to connect with yourself, no matter how you are feeling, whether you are anxious or accomplished. If you keep bringing yourself down, no amount of encouragement from others will be able to lift you up. Spend time alone to discover your deepest desires — unadulterated by other people's agendas. Your purpose and mission can be found in your heart's deepest, unadulterated desires.

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13. Be tenacious

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“Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,' and he replies from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children and I are already in bed.' I'm unable to get up to give you anything.' If he doesn't get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.” — See Luke 11:5-8.

When you are persistent, you not only shake other people but also the heavens. You also shake yourself up by becoming more clear about what you truly desire. Regardless of how many times you have stumbled or been rejected, keep moving forward.

14. Pruning hurts, but it is necessary for growth

“He prunes every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and he prunes every branch that does bear fruit so that it bears more fruit.” — Revelation 15:2

Why waste time on things and habits that don't produce results or help you grow? Getting rid of bad habits like watching TV and even bad relationships hurts a lot. However, it is necessary if we are to achieve our goals and grow. Most importantly, if we want to bear more fruit in our lives, we must prune. Allow yourself to let go of things and even people who do not bring you closer to your goals.

15. If you want to give sincerely, give in private

“Take care not to perform righteous acts for the sake of having people see them; otherwise, you will receive no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet in front of you, as hypocrites do in synagogues and on the streets to gain others' approval. They have received their reward, I say to you. However, when giving alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your almsgiving remains secret. And your Father, who sees everything in secret, will repay you.” — See Matthew 6:1-4.

When you give without expecting praise or recognition in return, you are demonstrating genuine generosity. Furthermore, you can only feel the deep joy of giving when no one knows. Give secretly and anonymously. You will become more generous and grateful as a result.

16. You value whatever you spend your money on

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be as well.” — Matt. 6:21

When you donate money to charity, you are more concerned with helping others and making a difference. When you spend money on education, you consider your personal growth and development. When you spend money on your loved ones, you think about them more and spend more time with them. Be cautious about where you spend your money. Money has monetary value for a reason. Spend it on things that are important to you.

17. It's either use it or lose it

“For to everyone who has, more will be given to him, and he will become rich; but to everyone who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.” — Matt. 25:29

What is your area of interest? What God-given talent do you have? Always sharpen the saw and make the best of what you've got. If you do not, you will become rusty and may eventually lose it. Write if you are good at it. Continue to compute and analyze if you are good with numbers. Don't deprive the world of the one thing only you can do.

18. Let go of your worries and live in the present moment

“Do not be concerned with your life, what you will eat or drink, or your body, what you will wear. Isn't there more to life than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they don't sow or reap, and they don't collect anything into barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. Isn't it true that you're more important than they are? Can any of you add a single moment to your life by worrying? Don't be concerned about tomorrow; it will take care of itself.” — Matt. 6:25-27, 34

Yes, saving for rainy days (and retirement) is critical. But, in reality, we only have the present. Learn to be more present in the moment by letting go of your worries and anxieties about tomorrow. Just give it your all today and trust that tomorrow will take care of itself. One day at a time, live your life.

19. If you want to be great, you must serve

“The greatest among you must serve you. Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, but those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matthew 23:11–12.

Consider the lives of great people such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Theresa, and Gandhi. They will be remembered for the rest of their lives because they lived their lives in service to others and to what they believe in. Furthermore, the world's greatest companies, such as Apple, serve the greatest number of people through their products. The more you serve, the more powerful you will become.

20. Let go of denominational, religious, and religious-belief differences

“Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him because he does not follow us,” John said. ‘Do not hinder him,' Jesus replied. No one who does a great deed in my name can speak ill of me at the same time. For whoever is not opposed to us is on our side.'” — Matthew 9:38-40

This is simply correct.

21. At the end of the day, it all comes down to love

“Teacher, which commandment of the law is the most important?” He told him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” This is the most important and the first commandment. The second is similar: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. The entire law and prophets are based on these two commandments.” — Matt. 22:36-40

Jesus condensed the Old Testament's 613 commandments into two. Jesus understood that, at the end of the day, love is all that matters. Love transcends scriptures, religion, race, and religious beliefs. Why should we bother ourselves with our differences? Love is at the heart of it all. According to the Bible, “God is love.” You can never go wrong with love, just like the Golden Rule. Let love be at the center of your thoughts, words, dreams and aspirations, actions, and entire life.

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