Following Jesus 101

Love your enemies

Pray for those who persecute you

If someone forces you to go one mile, go two

If someone takes your shirt, give him your coat, too

If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also

Give to those who ask

Don’t turn away from those who want to borrow

Return good for evil

Do not judge others

Forgive those who sin against you

Get rid of the log in your own eye so you can help with the speck in another’s

Treat people the way you want to be treated

Don’t make any vows you can’t keep

Don’t worry about tomorrow

Show mercy if you want your heavenly Father to be merciful to you

You may be thinking, “What kind of teaching is this?” This, my friend, is Jesus’ way. This is true Christianity. If you must measure yourself, measure yourself by these things.

I would dare to say these are the most ignored words by Christians in all of scripture, yet they are the basis for everything Jesus stands for. I have grown up in the church all my life and heard these things seriously talked about no more than a handful of times. Why is that? Because they run contrary to us all. Because no one can hold to these things unless they are born of God. Heck … no one can even want these things unless they are born of God.

These are not suggestions. This is not Jesus trying to shock people so He can get their attention. (Jesus doesn’t really mean these things. Oh yes He does.) Not only does He mean these things; this is rudimentary. This is the real thing. This is true Christianity. This is “Following Jesus 101.”

Instead, I’m used to: “What’s the Sermon on the Mount? That’s that weird part in the beginning of Matthew that no one seems to understand or pay much attention to.” Or if they do, they explain half of it away.

And yet, this is how you know if you are a true Christian. This is how you know if the Holy Spirit has been born in you. This is how you can check yourself — by these attitudes and actions. If these attitudes are not yours, but you want them, keep following and asking the Lord to change you by His Holy Spirit. If these attitudes are yours, and they are increasing, be glad!

If these attitudes are not the way you want to live, then it’s probably time to get off this train.

Notice how most, if not all, of these things are against human nature? That’s because you have to be born again to have them. You have to be born of God.

This is what you want to build into your life — these attitudes and these actions.

This is what you put on your refrigerator. This is what you stick to your mirror. This is what you think about and ask God for.

And in case you missed the list the first time, here it is again:

Love your enemies

Pray for those who persecute you

If someone forces you to go one mile, go two

If someone takes your shirt, give him your coat, too

If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also

Give to those who ask

Don’t turn away from those who want to borrow

Return good for evil

Do not judge others

Forgive those who sin against you

Get rid of the log in your own eye so you can help with the speck in another’s

Treat people the way you want to be treated

Don’t make any vows you can’t keep

Don’t worry about tomorrow

Show mercy if you want your heavenly Father to be merciful to you

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6 Responses to Following Jesus 101

  1. dierama says:

    AMEN, in the strongest words possible!

  2. Mark D Seguin says:

    Great Catch, only b/c how much I don’t do these things Jesus ask me…

    PS Also, easily can remember being in the Holy Land and near the spot where’s it’s believe Jesus spoke the “Sermon on the Mount” and it yet again broke my heart today as it did back then b/c I know that how often I fall short of doing these…. As the Pastor back than said b/c I was so moved by how easily the Holy Spirit seemed to move: It’s the same here as in Bill Brown’s Auto Body Repair Shop (The New Car Auto Dealership I once worked at) and it takes us yielding to the Holy Spirit – Amen!

  3. John A Fagliano says:

    If you knew your enemies loved you and prayed for you would you still call them enemies? If you knew before you slapped someone that they would turn the other check, would you still slap them? Imagine a world where Christians always did these things and were known for them. We might make more friends and less enemies to begin with and that would make following these rules a little easier. If only.

  4. Ericson P. Orquia says:

    Nice reminders words of god.

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