People committed to Jesus’ radical teachings often share these 8 behaviors

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What does it truly mean to live according to Jesus’ radical teachings?

For those deeply committed to His path, certain behaviors stand out that embody the essence of His message.

From boundless compassion to unwavering integrity, these individuals don’t just preach the values of the Gospels — they live them every day.

In this article, we will delve into these 8 behaviors – from their Scriptural roots to their practical implications in today’s world.

Join us as we uncover how these committed individuals live out their faith in ways that challenge and inspire us all.

1. Living in simplicity

One of the fundamental behaviors exhibited by individuals committed to Jesus’ radical teachings is leading a life of simplicity.

This aspect, while often overlooked, bears significant relevance in the context of Jesus’ teachings.

Jesus often emphasized the importance of focusing on spiritual wealth rather than material possessions, right?

He cautioned against the dangers of materialism and advised His followers to store treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy.

By embracing simplicity, these individuals demonstrate a conscious choice to prioritize their spiritual growth over worldly possessions.

They find contentment in what they have and are not driven by the desire for more. This behavior reflects their understanding of Jesus’ teaching that life does not consist of an abundance of possessions.

Living in simplicity also frees them from the worries and distractions associated with materialism. And guess what?

This way, they embody Jesus’ radical teaching – “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21).

2. Embodying forgiveness

Another behavior that is emblematic of individuals committed to Jesus’ radical teachings is their embodiment of forgiveness.

This trait is deeply rooted in Jesus’ teachings, where He not only forgave those who sinned but also urged His followers to do the same.

The act of forgiving is a powerful demonstration of Jesus’ teaching:

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” (Matthew 6:14).

Forgiveness is not merely an act, it’s an attitude that reflects the state of one’s heart.

Those committed to Jesus’ teachings understand that forgiveness is not an option, but a command.

They strive to let go of resentment and bitterness, choosing instead to extend grace, even when it’s undeserved.

And here’s the thing – embodying forgiveness doesn’t mean condoning wrong actions. Rather, it’s about releasing oneself from the burden of resentment and reflecting God’s mercy towards us.

By doing so, they echo Jesus’ radical teaching of love and forgiveness in their lives.

3. Exhibiting radical love

Moving forward from forgiveness, let’s explore another compelling behavior that individuals committed to Jesus’ teachings display – radical love.

This goes beyond the common understanding of love as an emotion, extending it to a deliberate action of goodwill and selflessness towards others.

Jesus’ teachings on love were groundbreaking in His time and remain so today.

His command to “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44) was contrary to the societal norms of His day.

Let’s say, it’s a call for a love that transcends boundaries, a love that is inclusive and unconditional.

Now, I know this is not an easy task, and it’s where the radical aspect comes into play.

It requires a heart change, a perspective shift, and a commitment to follow Jesus’ example. But when practiced, this radical love reflects the very essence of Jesus’ teachings and the transformative power they hold.

4. Being humble

Humility is a cornerstone of Jesus’ teachings. It’s about not putting ourselves above others, but seeing everyone as equals.

I learned this lesson the hard way.

Early on in my career, I was ambitious and eager to climb the corporate ladder. In my pursuit of success, I often overlooked the contributions of my colleagues, thinking that I alone deserved the credit.

One day, a mentor pulled me aside and shared some harsh feedback – I was talented, but my lack of humility was alienating those around me. That’s when I started to reflect on Jesus’ teachings on humility.

This realization changed my approach towards my work and people. I started acknowledging others’ contributions and stopped seeking validation at every turn.

People committed to Jesus’ teachings understand that humility isn’t weakness – it’s strength under control.

Jesus Himself was the perfect embodiment of humility.

Despite His divinity, He chose to be born in a manger, lived a simple life, and even washed His disciples’ feet – a task typically performed by servants.

His life and teachings consistently communicated this message:

“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12).

5. Prioritizing service to others

Another noteworthy behavior shared by those committed to Jesus’ radical teachings is their commitment to serving others.

Jesus taught His disciples that greatness in the Kingdom of God is not about lording over others, but about serving them.

He set the ultimate example of service when He washed His disciples’ feet and even more so when He laid down His life for all of humanity.

His life and teachings clearly communicated, “The greatest among you will be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11).

Those who are committed to Jesus’ teachings translate this principle into active service. They find ways to contribute positively to their communities and extend help to those in need.

Their service takes many forms:

  • Volunteering time and resources
  • Helping the less fortunate
  • Supporting charitable causes
  • Showing kindness in everyday interactions

By prioritizing service to others, they are not only following Jesus’ example but also embodying His radical teaching that true greatness comes from serving others selflessly.

6. Non-judgmental acceptance

One remarkable aspect of Jesus’ teachings is his emphasis on non-judgmental acceptance.

In the Bible, there’s a well-known story where Jesus is presented with a woman who had been caught in adultery.

The crowd wanted to stone her, but Jesus responded, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” One by one, the crowd dispersed, leaving only Jesus and the woman behind.

This story encapsulates Jesus’ teachings on non-judgmental acceptance. Those who commit to his teachings often strive to embody this behavior.

It’s not about ignoring wrongdoings or endorsing harmful behavior. It’s about understanding that everyone makes mistakes and has their own battles to fight.

And this, in turn, is about showing compassion and empathy, instead of casting judgment.

7. Demonstrating faith in action

Have you ever wondered how faith manifests itself in daily life?

Those committed to Jesus’ radical teachings provide a compelling answer – they demonstrate their faith through their actions.

Faith in Jesus is not just about affirming certain truths or attending religious services.

Jesus taught that true faith is about living out His teachings in everyday life:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21).

Those deeply committed to Jesus’ teachings understand this well.

Their faith is not confined to words or private feelings — it’s visible in their actions.

Whether it’s extending kindness to a stranger, standing up for justice, or sacrificing personal comfort to help someone in need, their faith finds expression in tangible acts of love and service.

8) Faithfulness

The most essential behavior shared by those committed to Jesus’ teachings is faithfulness.

But you know what?

Faithfulness is not just believing in God.

What it truly means is that you’re staying true to your commitments and promises, even in the face of adversity.

It’s about persisting in prayer, even when answers seem far off; continuing to love, serve, and forgive, even when it’s difficult.

Faithfulness is the bedrock upon which all other behaviors are built.

I believe that without it, it’s impossible to fully embody Jesus’ teachings.

Those who are faithful show a steadfast commitment to living out Jesus’ teachings every day. They understand that faithfulness is a journey, not a destination.

And it’s this unwavering dedication that truly sets them apart.

Embodying Jesus’ radical teachings

Jesus’ radical teachings, as detailed in the Gospels, present a stark contrast to the conventional wisdom of His time and continue to challenge societal norms today.

His teachings, centered on love, humility, forgiveness, and self-sacrifice, call for a profound commitment from His followers.

This commitment goes beyond mere acknowledgment.

It requires a lifestyle that mirrors these teachings in everyday actions and decisions.

The transformative power of these teachings is evident in the behaviors of those who are deeply committed to them.

For followers committed to these radical teachings, their faith becomes more than a belief – it becomes a way of life.

So, what should you do if you’re trying to embody his radical teachings?

  • Seek opportunities to demonstrate love in action.
  • Practice forgiveness, even when it’s difficult.
  • Choose humility over pride.

Of course, these behaviors are not a checklist to be ticked off but an invitation to experience the transformative power of Jesus’ radical teachings in our lives.

As we strive to embody these behaviors, we partake in the rewarding, lifelong journey of faith, living in alignment with God’s heart and purpose for us.

Mikkel Andrews

Mikkel Andrews

I'm Mikkel Andrews a theology professor currently based in Philippines. I've been walking with Christ ever since I can remember. My life's work is about understanding His teachings and sharing that knowledge. You'll often find me involved in community outreach or curled up with a book on theology, always looking to deepen my faith. When I'm not volunteering or diving into the latest theological texts, I'm writing for Bible Scripture to make spirituality relatable.

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