I like staring intently at Jesus’s artwork; the first depicts Christ standing before Pilate, who famously said, “Behold the man,” to the angry crowd. (John 19:5.) He indicated Jesus, who was clothed in purple and had a crown of thorns. Jesus’ “Behold the man!” referenced a man of impeccable character who had conquered his weaknesses and temptations and could confidently say to his coworkers, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye may have peace.” He named the guy the angry mob had been calling a criminal and a blasphemer. Don’t worry; I’ve already won. (John 16:33.) He is a role model for us.
This exemplary person embodied truth, justice, intellect, compassion, and self-control. Everything he did was within the bounds of the law of God. Because of his close relationship with the Father, he always had an unwavering grasp of the revealed truth. His concept of fairness may be summed up in the golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” (Check out Matthew 7:12). He understood people and the divine with enormous depth and breadth. He did many beautiful things during His brief but eventful life, and they’re all documented. His self-discipline was divinely flawless. He showed it by suppressing his hunger and anger and keeping his composure in the face of his tormentors.
How you live your life, react to different situations, and who you are as a person are all determined by your thoughts, of which your actions are only outward expressions. Thinking comes before doing.
One’s personality develops from deep inside. Whenever you’re not under pressure to think, just tell me what’s on your mind, and I’ll be able to gauge your character. What we focus on grows into us. Similar to how a weaver uses the warp and weft to create flowers and figures, our thoughts continually shuttle back and forth, shaping our personalities and the lines on our faces. Your mental journey might lead you to heaven or straight to damnation.
One consistent element throughout Jesus’s teachings was the value of rational thought. He believed that a person’s inner state always trumped his outward appearance and spoken declarations. Nobody else’s teaching ever emphasized the adage, “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).
His teachings on a man’s duty to himself and his neighbor are underpinned by the idea that a man’s thoughts alone determine whether he deserves happiness or is doomed to hell. All sinners, whether or not they are caught, must bear the consequences of their actions. The motivation behind an action has a profound impact on who we become. The perpetrator may try to absolve his guilt by saying, “This one won’t be counted.” Still, the scars on his character will be used against him on the Day of Judgment since they are embedded in the brain’s neural tissue. No one can escape the consequences of their actions or thoughts.
The Savior realized that a person’s chances of doing an evil act might be diminished by applying proper mental discipline and suppressing destructive impulses. Jesus does not minimize the seriousness of these acts or say that we should not punish those responsible; instead, he emphasizes the need to keep one’s thoughts and heart clean. Fruit from a poor tree will taste awful, whereas fruit from a good tree will taste great. If you take care of the tree and your thoughts, you’ll have clean fruit and pure existence. A good persona can only be achieved via consistent effort and sound thought, resulting from deep and abiding bonds with godlike ideas. Whoever puts God first in his life and says, “Not my will, but thy be done” (see Luke 22:42) comes closest to the Christ ideal.
The only flawless person in history is Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God and the world’s Redeemer. A man can make the best decision by following Christ as the most reliable guide. The life of Jesus is a fantastic model for us to follow if we want to learn how to live the best life possible in a community with others. There is no area of life in which we can’t bring our highest aspirations and seek excellence via Christ.
Even though they are the most dependent and defenseless creatures, children are the kindest and most refined things in the world. To them, life is a sheet of stainless steel on which to etch whatever ambitions or achievements they want. Small things, daily encounters, an influence here, an influence there, a fact or truth there, all contribute to a child’s character development, just as eating at regular intervals, breathing clean air consistently, and sleeping for fixed lengths of time contribute to their physical growth.
Home is where we learn who we are and how to behave in the world. Indeed, there is no institution more ideal than the family. A man’s significant role in such a family is to ensure the physical and mental well-being of his offspring and, more significantly, to help mold them into people who reflect the character of Christ. Home is where the production of these items takes place. A flower’s smell and beauty only last for a short time before it withers and dies. Still, the good influence of a child who a great teacher has taught timeless principles will last as long as that child’s spirit.
Our model should be Jesus Christ, who exemplifies divine nature. The Christian community does not hold him in the same esteem as non-Christians because of his achievements in the arts and sciences, as well as in politics and military leadership. People worship him because he is so exceptional. In terms of character, he was at the forefront.