Christmas is just a few days away and it is time for getting ready for the big day. Though neither Christmas nor Santa Claus is a part of the Bible, Christians around the world celebrate it nevertheless. It is, however, a good idea to remove our attention for a while from the colorful decorations and lights, and meditate on the things Jesus said while he was here on Earth and feel the true essence of Christmas.
So here are 11 quotes that Jesus said while teaching people 2000 years ago, which, hopefully, will warm up your heart before the Big Day arrives.
1. Love your enemies.
You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? (Matthew 5:43-47)
2. Don’t worry about your food or clothes. God will provide you.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6:25-27)
3. Don’t worry about tomorrow.
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (Matthew 6:3-4)
4. Treat people like how you want them to treat you.
Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12)
5. Giving is greater.
It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35)
6. Give in secret.
Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:2-4)
7. Love your neighbours.
‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments. (Matthew 22:36-40)
8. If you want to be the best, be the least first.
You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. (Mark 10:42-45)
9. Ask and you will receive.
And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (Luke 11:9-10)
10. Jesus is for the sinners.
It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Luke 5:31-32)
11. Violence is not the way to fight.
Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. (Matthew 26:52)
Merry Christmas again, people!