The life of Jesus was inspirational to lots of people and the way in which he lived as an ordinary individual, despite being the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, needs to be followed or practiced by his believers, especially the Christian community. Jesus knew exactly what he had to do and strived hard for the fulfillment of god’s eternal plan. From a very young age he started preaching the good news to the people and enabled great numbers of people to understand and experience god in their lives. The influence and reflection of Jesus’ teachings, miracles performed and his return, on personal and professional lives is discussed in detail.
Jesus’ teachings (based on Mathew 5 – 7 and Luke 15 New International Version): The teachings of Jesus always reflected love and compassion and he has repeatedly asked his believers to practice and spread the message of love especially through the act of giving. “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 5 that you may be children of your Father in heaven” (Matt 5:44, 45 New International Version). In many occasions in these chapters, Jesus has revealed the importance of relentless and compassionate love and tolerance towards fellow individuals. Jesus clearly indicates the need for forgiveness and the abundant grace that an individual would receive by forgiving others especially one’s enemies or persecutors. According to his teaching, forgiving love is essential for people to be his partaker as well as for entering the Kingdom of God. The Lord’s Prayer also stresses the importance of love and putting god first in all our endeavors.
If Jesus’ teachings of love are practiced in patient care it is inevitable that many more miracles and healings would happen. The healing would not only be confined to the body but also to the mind and soul as well. The influences of his teaching could revolutionize the area of patient care especially through attitudinal and behavioral changes. The teachings of Jesus, especially on his approach towards the sinners and enemies are worth imitating at all work places especially, the health care sector. Changes based on Jesus’ teachings would definitely bring about equality in all dealings and areas (Shaffer, 2006). From my personal point of view, I will not be able to deal with the patients compassionately if I approach them with an unforgiving and resentful mind. It is a great relief to each individual when forgiveness and love is being practiced in their personal lives as one can experience real peace of mind.
Following the teachings of Jesus in fact provides a happy and peaceful mind free of worries. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 5: 34 New International Version). A mind free from worries is far more powerful to perform any tasks, especially for service based tasks. There is always hope in the hearts of believers as Jesus is a loving god who is always ready to receive any sinner who repents. “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15: 10 New International Version). A person with hope can always spread positive energy around them and fellowship with believers in fact make the society to behave humanely and compassionately (Lee, 2009).
Miracles (based on Mark 5 and John 11 New International Version): Miracles that Jesus performed mostly reflected his power and control over negative and satanic forces, sin, etc. All the instances mentioned in the gospel according to Mark in fact point out that healing and faith are integral. Faith in the Most High can do wonders, and miracles can be real for people who have faith in his authority and power. In patient care, one major process that happens is healing and if medicine sufficed with faith in Jesus be applied in this task, healings of greater dimension could occur. In my personal life, faith in god made me more powerful and I hope to experience healings at various levels. For leading a balanced and normal life, healing from above is required and thereby faith in god betters societal well being as well. In all the miracles performed as explained in chapter 5 of Mark and chapter 11 of John, Jesus had kept him cool and did not act hastily, but the results were highly fruitful. So in personal lives also, one needs to wait for the Lord’s time to act in their lives and make them more powerful than ever before.
Jesus’ return (based on Matt 24 New International Version): Jesus advices his believers to be more conscious about the way they lead their lives as he expects his chosen people to be more prepared to attain eternity. He urges the believers to be more vigilant and firm in faith for remaining in oneness with the Lord even during the most difficult and troublous days. He also points out the possibility to get tempted and carried away by false teachings and faulty prophets during the final days. But he assures his believers that all his loyal servants would be richly rewarded. This chapter motivates individuals to be more God centric as well as for sticking on to the path of righteousness taught and shown by the Lord Almighty. Thoughts about Jesus’ return in fact enable the people and society to be more righteous as well as to act with discernment and caution. Such thoughts encourage people to be more spiritual and moral in their actions and activities and so personal and professional lives would be benefitted.
Assessment on the teachings of Jesus, miracles performed by him and thoughts about his return revealed that Jesus and his ways had a profound impact on the lives of people. Following the principles and teachings of Jesus in fact could make the world a better place and each individual would remain more reformed and righteous in their thoughts and actions. Service based organizations can accomplish better results if people in those organizations follow and practice the principles of Jesus, both in their personal and professional life.
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Lee, H. (2009). Jesus teaching through discovery. A Journal of the International Christian Community for Teacher Education, 1 (2). Retrieved October 23, 2013, from http://icctejournal.org/issues/v1i2/v1i2-lee/