We all can agree that becoming like Jesus is our ultamite goal. We all want to be like Jesus. II Timothy gives us five characteristics of Jesus that we can all practice to be more like Christ.
1. Do not participate in arguments.
When you read different stories of Jesus and how he handled different situations, it can be easy to think Jesus argued with a lot of people, especially the Pharisees and sadducees. But arguing is the “exchange or express diverging or opposite views, typically in a heated or angry way”. Jesus never expressed His opinion out of anger. He may have angered others with His opinions but He never got heated himself. Don’t allow yourself to become heated in a discussion.
2. Be kind to everyone.
Everything Jesus did was in love. He wasn’t rude or cruel. He always responded to everyone with love. Even to those who are hard to be kind to, He was even-tempered and preserved peace. We are even told to “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2). It’s important to be kind to everyone. You are more likely to win a soul through kindness than through winning arguments.
3. Be ready to teach.
It’s important to always be ready to teach the gospel. This is where II Timothy 2:15 comes in, study to show thyself approved unto God. Study the scripture, know what you know. So when someone asks you why you live the way you do, you will be prepared to explain.
4. Be patient.
Allow yourself to accept delays, problems, and sufferings without becoming annoyed or anxious. Use these opprotunites to allow God to be your peace and let Him pull you through. Romans 5:3-5 says “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us”. Engaging in patience ultamitely results in hope and hope is a powerful thing.
5. Correct those who are in the wrong.
As I read about Jesus’ life, I think Jesus loves to correct those who are in the wrong. Jesus did in the old Testament, while He was on earth, and He still does today to each one of us. When we see others doing wrong and we don’t correct them, it’s almost the same as agreeing with them that their wrong doing is ok. Galations 5:1 (AMP) says, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any sin, you who are spiritual [that is, you who are responsive to the guidance of the Spirit] are to restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness [not with a sense of superiority or self-righteousness], keeping a watchful eye on yourself, so that you are not tempted as well.”
If we practice these characteristics, we will grow in the Lord and be more like Him.