As Christians and followers of Jesus Christ, our Christianity is steadily rooted upon our conscious and self-willed decision to follow the ways and teachings of Jesus Christ and apply these teachings in our daily lives. The question “What would Jesus do?” can be a guiding light and moral compass when we are faced with crossroads, when we are suddenly thrust into difficult situations, when we make difficult decisions in life, and when we simply don’t know what to do. Keeping that question in mind can always stir our faith and spiritual reflection to find answers that lead us to make our choices.
Our faith needs exercise and constant application for it to develop and strengthen. When we are of strong faith, we go through our lives with confidence and assurance that God is always with us. In our everyday life choices, faith plays a distinct role. When we take the teachings of God to heart, we can readily recall them in certain situations and we can act according to God’s will.
Prayer, meditation, enthusiastic and engaged participation in church services and meaningful reading of the Bible are ways we can follow and learn to apply the teachings of God and His commandments. We learn in these activities to be compassionate and selfless and more like Jesus.
When we incorporate compassion and selflessness in our daily lives, we look after and consider the welfare of our family, relatives, friends, and people we don’t know. We become aware of the needs of others and relate to these needs more readily. Matthew 7:12 tells us: “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Again in Luke 6:31 Jesus said, “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.”
Righteousness is also the way of the faithful. If we are followers of Christ, He will be our model and inspiration for living a righteous life and our moral compass will be strengthened as well. When we put our faith in God it changes us and gives us a different attitude towards others. When we grow in spirit and faith, our actions and attitude will reflect God’s love in us and be a great testimony to others.