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Teachings of Jesus




  HELP THE POOR, THE NEEDY AND THE AFFLICTED 
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   Matthew 25:31-46    "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, 
   and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the 
   throne of His glory. {32} "All the nations will be gathered 
   before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a 
   shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. {33} "And He will 
   set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 
   {34} "Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, 
   you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you 
   from the foundation of the world: {35} 'for I was hungry and 
   you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a 
   stranger and you took Me in; {36} 'I was naked and you clothed 
   Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came 
   to Me.' {37} "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 
   'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and 
   give You drink? {38} 'When did we see You a stranger and take 
   You in, or naked and clothe You? {39} 'Or when did we see You 
   sick, or in prison, and come to You?' {40} "And the King will 
   answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as 
   you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it 
   to Me.' {41} "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 
   'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared 
   for the devil and his angels: {42} 'for I was hungry and you 
   gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; {43} 
   'I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did 
   not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.' 
   {44} "Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did 
   we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or 
   in prison, and did not minister to You?' {45} "Then He will 
   answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you 
   did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it 
   to Me.' {46} "And these will go away into everlasting 
   punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." 

   Luke 14:12-14    Then He also said to him who invited Him, 
   "When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, 
   your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they 
   also invite you back, and you be repaid. {13} "But when you 
   give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. 
   {14} "And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; 
   for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just." 

   Luke 6:38    "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, 
   pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put 
   into your bosom. 

   Luke 12:32-34    "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your 
   Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. {33} "Sell what 
   you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do 
   not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, 
   where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. {34} "For where 
   your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 




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  BE HUMBLE, DON'T EXALT YOURSELF
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   Matthew 18:1-4    At that time the disciples came to Jesus, 
   saying, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" {2} 
   Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst 
   of them, {3} and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are 
   converted and become as little children, you will by no means 
   enter the kingdom of heaven. {4} "Therefore whoever humbles 
   himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of 
   heaven. 

   Matthew 20:25-28    But Jesus called them to Himself and said, 
   "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, 
   and those who are great exercise authority over them. {26} "Yet 
   it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become 
   great among you, let him be your servant. {27} "And whoever 
   desires to be first among you, let him be your slave; {28} 
   "just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to 
   serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." 

   Matthew 21:1-9    Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came 
   to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two 
   disciples, {2} saying to them, "Go into the village opposite 
   you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt 
   with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. {3} "And if anyone 
   says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of 
   them,' and immediately he will send them." {4} All this was 
   done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the 
   prophet, saying: {5} "Tell the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your 
   King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, 
   the foal of a donkey.' " {6} So the disciples went and did as 
   Jesus commanded them. {7} They brought the donkey and the colt, 
   laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. {8} And a very 
   great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut 
   down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. {9} 
   Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed 
   cried out, saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David! 'Blessed is He 
   who comes in the name of the LORD!' Hosanna in the highest!" 

   Matthew 23:2-12   "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' 
   seat. {3} "Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that 
   observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for 
   they say, and do not do. {4} "For they bind heavy burdens, hard 
   to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves 
   will not move them with one of their fingers. {5} "But all 
   their works they do to be seen by men. They make their 
   phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. 
   {6} "They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the 
   synagogues, {7} "greetings in the marketplaces, and to be 
   called by men, 'Rabbi, Rabbi.' {8} "But you, do not be called 
   'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all 
   brethren. {9} "Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One 
   is your Father, He who is in heaven. {10} "And do not be called 
   teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. {11} "But he who 
   is greatest among you shall be your servant. {12} "And whoever 
   exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will 
   be exalted. 

   Luke 14:7-11    So He told a parable to those who were invited, 
   when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: 
   {8} "When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not 
   sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be 
   invited by him; {9} "and he who invited you and him come and 
   say to you, 'Give place to this man,' and then you begin with 
   shame to take the lowest place. {10} "But when you are invited, 
   go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who 
   invited you comes he may say to you, 'Friend, go up higher.' 
   Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at 
   the table with you. {11} "For whoever exalts himself will be 
   humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." 

   Luke 18:9-14    Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted 
   in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 
   {10} "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and 
   the other a tax collector. {11} "The Pharisee stood and prayed 
   thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other 
   men; extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax 
   collector. {12} 'I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that 
   I possess.' {13} "And the tax collector, standing afar off, 
   would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his 
   breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' {14} "I tell 
   you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the 
   other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he 
   who humbles himself will be exalted." 

   John 13:3-16    Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all 
   things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was 
   going to God, {4} rose from supper and laid aside His garments, 
   took a towel and girded Himself. {5} After that, He poured 
   water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, and 
   to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. {6} Then 
   He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, "Lord, are You 
   washing my feet?" {7} Jesus answered and said to him, "What I 
   am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after 
   this." {8} Peter said to Him, "You shall never wash my feet!" 
   Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part 
   with Me." {9} Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, not my feet only, 
   but also my hands and my head!" {10} Jesus said to him, "He who 
   is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; 
   and you are clean, but not all of you." {11} For He knew who 
   would betray Him; therefore He said, "You are not all clean." 
   {12} So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and 
   sat down again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done 
   to you? {13} "You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, 
   for so I am. {14} "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have 
   washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 
   {15} "For I have given you an example, that you should do as I 
   have done to you. {16} "Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant 
   is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater 
   than he who sent him. 



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  FORGIVE OTHERS THE WRONGS THEY HAVE DONE TO YOU
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   Matthew 18:21-35    Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how 
   often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to 
   seven times?" {22} Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up 
   to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. {23} "Therefore 
   the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to 
   settle accounts with his servants. {24} "And when he had begun 
   to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten 
   thousand talents. {25} "But as he was not able to pay, his 
   master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children 
   and all that he had, and that payment be made. {26} "The 
   servant therefore fell down before him, saying, 'Master, have 
   patience with me, and I will pay you all.' {27} "Then the 
   master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, 
   and forgave him the debt. {28} "But that servant went out and 
   found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred 
   denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, 
   saying, 'Pay me what you owe!' {29} "So his fellow servant fell 
   down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with 
   me, and I will pay you all.' {30} "And he would not, but went 
   and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. {31} "So 
   when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very 
   grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. 
   {32} "Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, 
   'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you 
   begged me. {33} 'Should you not also have had compassion on 
   your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?' {34} "And his 
   master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he 
   should pay all that was due to him. {35} "So My heavenly Father 
   also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not 
   forgive his brother his trespasses." 

   Matthew 6:14-15    "For if you forgive men their trespasses, 
   your heavenly Father will also forgive you. {15} "But if you do 
   not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father 
   forgive your trespasses. 




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  LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR, LOVE YOUR ENEMY, BLESS THEM THAT CURSE YOU
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   Jesus taught us that we should love our neighbor.  What did he 
   mean?  Following are the dictionary definitions, from Webster's 
   and Funk & Wagnalls dictionaries, of the word "love" used in 
   this sense: 
   

   Love.  Brotherly concern for others.  The kindness and 
     charitableness man should show others. 

   Charitable.  Exhibiting the virtue of Christian love; 
     benevolent.  Inclined to judge others leniently; kindly; 
     tolerant. 

   Charity.  Spiritual benevolence; brotherly love.


   In I Corinthians the apostle Paul tells us a little more about love 
   used in this sense (Christian love):

   1 Corinthians 13:4-7   Love suffers long and is kind; love does 
   not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; {5} 
   does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, 
   thinks no evil; {6} does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices 
   in the truth; {7} bears all things, believes all things, hopes 
   all things, endures all things. 


   Following are some of the teachings of Jesus on the topic:
                                              
   Matthew 5:38-47    "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye 
   for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' {39} "But I tell you not 
   to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right 
   cheek, turn the other to him also. {40} "If anyone wants to sue 
   you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 
   {41} "And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 
   {42} "Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to 
   borrow from you do not turn away. {43} "You have heard that it 
   was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 
   {44} "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who 
   curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those 
   who spitefully use you and persecute you, {45} "that you may be 
   sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the 
   evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the 
   unjust. {46} "For if you love those who love you, what reward 
   have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? {47} "And 
   if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than 
   others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 

   Matthew 7:12    "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, 
   do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. 

   Luke 6:27-38    "But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, 
   do good to those who hate you, {28} "bless those who curse you, 
   and pray for those who spitefully use you. {29} "To him who 
   strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from 
   him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic 
   either. {30} "Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him 
   who takes away your goods do not ask them back. {31} "And just 
   as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. 
   {32} "But if you love those who love you, what credit is that 
   to you? For even sinners love those who love them. {33} "And if 
   you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to 
   you? For even sinners do the same. {34} "And if you lend to 
   those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that 
   to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much 
   back. {35} "But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping 
   for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you 
   will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful 
   and evil. {36} "Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also 
   is merciful. {37} "Judge not, and you shall not be judged. 
   Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you 
   will be forgiven. {38} "Give, and it will be given to you: good 
   measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will 
   be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you 
   mete, it will be meted back to you." 




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  LOVE GOD ABOVE ALL ELSE
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   Matthew 22:37-40    Jesus said to him, " 'You shall love the 
   LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with 
   all your mind.' {38} "This is the first and great commandment. 
   {39} "And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor 
   as yourself.' {40} "On these two commandments hang all the Law 
   and the Prophets." 




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  BE CONTENT WITH LITTLE
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   Luke 12:22-34    Then He said to His disciples, "Therefore I 
   say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; 
   nor about the body, what you will put on. {23} "Life is more 
   than food, and the body is more than clothing. {24} "Consider 
   the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither 
   storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value 
   are you than the birds? {25} "And which of you by worrying can 
   add one cubit to his stature? {26} "If you then are not able to 
   do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? {27} "Consider 
   the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet 
   I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed 
   like one of these. {28} "If then God so clothes the grass, 
   which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the 
   oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? 
   {29} "And do not seek what you should eat or what you should 
   drink, nor have an anxious mind. {30} "For all these things the 
   nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you 
   need these things. {31} "But seek the kingdom of God, and all 
   these things shall be added to you. {32} "Do not fear, little 
   flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the 
   kingdom. {33} "Sell what you have and give alms; provide 
   yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the 
   heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth 
   destroys. {34} "For where your treasure is, there your heart 
   will be also. 



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  KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS
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   Matthew 19:16-22    Now behold, one came and said to Him, "Good 
   Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal 
   life?" {17} So He said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one 
   is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into 
   life, keep the commandments." {18} He said to Him, "Which 
   ones?" Jesus said, " 'You shall not murder,'  'You shall not 
   commit adultery,' 'You shall not steal,' 'You shall not bear 
   false witness,' {19} 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 
   'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' " {20} The young 
   man said to Him, "All these things I have kept from my youth. 
   What do I still lack?" {21} Jesus said to him, "If you want to 
   be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and 
   you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." {22} 
   But when the young man heard that saying, he went away 
   sorrowful, for he had great possessions. 




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  JUDGE NOT THAT YOU BE NOT JUDGED
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   Matthew 7:1-5    "Judge not, that you be not judged. {2} "For 
   with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the 
   measure you mete, it will be dealt back to you. {3} "And why 
   do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not 
   consider the plank in your own eye? {4} "Or how can you say to 
   your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and 
   look, a plank is in your own eye? {5} "Hypocrite! First remove 
   the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to 
   remove the speck from your brother's eye. 

   Luke 6:37    "Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn 
   not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be 
   forgiven. 



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  DON'T DO GOOD ACTS TO BE SEEN OF MEN
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   Matthew 6:1-13    "Take heed that you do not do your charitable 
   deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no 
   reward from your Father in heaven. {2} "Therefore, when you do 
   a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the 
   hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they 
   may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have 
   their reward. {3} "But when you do a charitable deed, do not 
   let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, {4} 
   "that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father 
   who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. {5} "And 
   when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they 
   love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of 
   the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to 
   you, they have their reward. {6} "But you, when you pray, go 
   into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your 
   Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in 
   secret will reward you openly. {7} "And when you pray, do not 
   use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that 
   they will be heard for their many words. {8} "Therefore do not 
   be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of 
   before you ask Him. {9} "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our 
   Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. {10} Your kingdom 
   come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. {11} Give 
   us this day our daily bread. {12} And forgive us our debts, As 
   we forgive our debtors. {13} And do not lead us into 
   temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the 
   kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. 

   Matthew 6:16-18    "Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the 
   hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their 
   faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I 
   say to you, they have their reward. {17} "But you, when you 
   fast, anoint your head and wash your face, {18} "so that you do 
   not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in 
   the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will 
   reward you openly.



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  IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT A MAN WILL BE DEALT WITH AS HE HAS DEALT 
   WITH OTHERS
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   Jesus tells us that in the Day of Judgment a person will be 
   dealt with as he has dealt with others.  What we have meted out 
   to others, the same will be meted back to us.  If we have 
   forgiven others, God will forgive us.  If we have had 
   compassion and mercy on others, God will have compassion and 
   mercy on us.  If we have been generous with others, God will be 
   generous with us.  If we have helped others he will help us.  
   If we have dealt kindly with others he will deal kindly with 
   us. 

   Luke 6:36-38   "Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also 
   is merciful. {37} "Judge not, and you shall not be judged. 
   Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you 
   will be forgiven. {38} "Give, and it will be given to you: good 
   measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will 
   be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you 
   mete, it will be dealt back to you." 

   God wants us to act in the same way that he acts.  He sends 
   rain on the just and unjust and is kind to the unthankful and 
   the wicked.  How does God behave?  Jesus was God in human form 
   so we need only look at how Jesus behaved.  Jesus set an 
   example for us on how God behaves and how he wants us to 
   behave.  He had compassion for the needy and afflicted.  He 
   showed humbleness in condescending to leave his high position in 
   heaven and coming down to this earth and becoming man in order 
   to save man.  He showed concern and love by the act of coming 
   down to give his life for man.  He took abuse and answered not.  
   He demonstrated mercy and forgiveness.  He asked God to forgive 
   those who crucified him.  He showed us a life of simplicity and 
   self-denial.  He said he obeyed God completely, in all things, 
   giving us an example. 

   What did Jesus teach?  He taught a way of living life.  He taught an 
   outlook, an attitude, a philosophy, a way of thinking, a way of 
   dealing with people: he taught kindness, humility, self-denial, 
   patience, peacefulness.  As followers of him we are to avoid strife 
   and argument, we are to seek and pursue peace with others; we are to 
   be kind, patient and understanding towards others;  we are to be 
   humble, self-denying, caring, forgiving people.  It is these themes 
   that we find in his words in the four gospels and in the various 
   epistles of the New Testament.  It is these things that should mark 
   the true Christian.  This is what true Christianity is about.  I had 
   a mother that I would describe as being selfless, self-denying, 
   humble, gentle, peaceful, patient, caring, understanding, godly, 
   good.  That is what true Christianity is about.  What is not 
   Christianity?  The way of the world.  That which we see all around 
   us: argument, strife, selfishness, arrogance, pride, hatred, malice, 
   vengeance, profanity, lust, immorality, covetousness, envy, jealousy,
   etc.     


   Mar 2002


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