I routinely sit in a variety of meetings. Leaders who participate in these gatherings are either clergy, representatives of either a ministry or nonprofit, or friends. At some point the term “principles of Jesus” is spoken.
As I continue to develop and enjoy a very personal relationship with God I sometimes wonder if I’m enjoying the fullest measure of that relationship. These musings reflect both my humanity and my understanding that I will never fully embrace and sustain each principle. This condition is an obstacle that keeps me from fully knowing my Friend. Therein lies the problem… is my understanding accurate? Do I even know all the “principles of Jesus”?
In my quest for truth I found this listing posted on a website. I know the creators of the website are not advocating that this is a complete listing:
- That the purpose of all life is to “Love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind, and to love our neighbors like ourselves.” (Matthew 22:23-40);
- That the “work of God” is “to believe in the One He has sent” (John 6:28-29);
- That God is love and that He cares for everyone. (John 3:16)
- That The Kingdom of God as taught by Jesus is: “Seek first God’s Kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
- That maintaining relationships is important (Matthew 18:15-16), as is not letting the sun go down on divisions between people. (Ephesians 4:25-27)
- That we are not to become judgmental. Jesus said the way you judge others is how you will be judged. (Matthew 7:1-5)
Thomas Jefferson took a whack at developing a list of the “principles of Jesus”. He used English, French, Greek, and Latin translations of the Bible and cut out only segments of the Gospels and created his own “little book”. Jefferson felt as though he was “separating diamonds from the dunghill” and believed that he had created “the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man.” No one has advocated that Jefferson’s “little book” was or is a complete listing of the “principles of Jesus”.
Sunday after Sunday “Christians” gather in church to learn the “principles of Jesus”. Is there an agreement on what the “principles of Jesus” are?
The final arbitrator is the Holy Spirit … it doesn’t hurt to gain insight/knowledge from others. If you have a list of the “principles of Jesus” would you send it to me?