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Jesus was an ideal preacher, truest friend, guide of mankind and a repository of all the rare virtues. He was watchful and conscious of his divine mission right from the beginning. He was full of love, affection and compassion for all even at the time of his crucifixion. He prayed:  “O’ Lord, forgive them for they know not what they do.” His patience and meekness in suffering are like an everlasting rock which we may hold by when tossed in the tempest of life. His poverty has sanctified the home of the poor, his love for the fallen and downtrodden fills the earth with benevolence and sympathy. His unique patience even in the hour of untold suffering sweetens our cup of woe.

Jesus was exceedingly liberal in his teachings and he never forced anything on others against their will. He said: “I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” True religious growth consists in expansion and not in contraction. When your heart is pure, you can see God and no one can stop it. Jesus lived in God, loved in God, taught in God and also suffered in God, so that we too live and love, suffer and teach as he did.


Jesus said:Hear, O’ Israel, your Lord, our Lord, is one Lord.” He said:  Pray with a clean heart. Evil mind can’t speak well. Evil eye pushes you into darkness. The idea of prayers with purity of heart goes back to the Vedas and the Gita, Zoroastrianism and Buddhism and latter in Islam and Sikhism. Jesus said: if you follow your soul, you are not in darkness. The philosophy of soul goes back to Upanishads and Gita. It was an important theme of Zoroastrianism also. Jesus emphasizes on reconciliation. Later, it was emphasized in Islam and Sikhism

Jesus said: “Why do you call me good. God alone is good.” There is reward after death for the one who has surrendered and abandoned. Work for God, cast out devils. God will decide your reward. The Sermon on the Mount and the Ten Commandants are known to the mankind. “If you keep my Commandments.” You love me, otherwise not,” said Jesus
Pray secretly and silently. Deliver your mind from evil. In matters of charity, let your left hand not know what your right hand does. Don’t worry, it is the problem of the Father to feed his children. Have trust in God and worry not for tomorrow.

Ask God for forgiveness of your sins. You also forgive others if you want God to forgive you. Jesus advised his Apostles: Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and cast out devils. For, you have received freely, carry neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purse. Don’t fear them, who kill the body, rather fear him who is able to destroy soul and body in hell. He who does not take his cross and follow me, is not worthy of me. He told his disciples that you are not of the world. I have chosen you out of the world. 

Jesus warned: Be careful about every word you speak. Evil mind can’t speak good things. Forgive all manner of sin and blasphemy of man. But blasphemy against the Holy Ghost should not be forgiven. If you gain the whole world, but lose your own soul, you are a loser. You will get reward according to your work. Whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause will be in danger of the judgment.

Jesus said:  If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother is against you, leave the gift before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer the gift. If your right eye offends you, pluck it out, for it is profitable that one of your members perish, and not your whole body should be cast into hell. Whosoever smites you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. Judge not, so that you are not judged. Do not give that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast perals before the swine, lest they should trample them under their feet and turn again and rend you.

Jesus said: Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Take heed lest any man should deceive you for many will come in my name, saying, “I am Christ, and will deceive many.” For there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed, neither hid that shall not be known. They, who are healthy  need no physician, but they that are sick only need one. I will have mercy, for I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.  I say, joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repents more than over ninety nine just persons, who need no repentance.

Jesus said: Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them, who despitefully use you and persecute you. God makes his Sun to rise on the evil as well as on the good alike and sends rain on the just and on the unjust too. But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. No man can serve two masters for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon at the same time.
Jesus said:  All things, whatsoever you would like that men should do to you, do the same to them for this is the law and the prophets. Enter in at the narrow gate, for, wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there be who go in there. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good and an evil heart brings forth that which is evil. Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s. Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch? He that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in much and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

Jesus said: To a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind and you shall be blessed for they cannot recompense you, for you shall be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. Whosoever of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple. When Jesus rose from the grave where he was laid after Crucifixion, he said: Peace be with you. Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man but that which comes out of the mouth, defiles a man. God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in the Spirit and in truth. 

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