Jesus’ Character

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jesus character

Although Jesus incarnated in human flesh on earth, He had none of the characteristics we have as humans with a sinful nature. Jesus was sinless and this reflected also His character. He is the best role model we have because He has the best qualities a human being can possess. Even though we will not be able to be perfect like Jesus while we are living on this earth, the Holy Spirit helps us to become more like Christ. It’s an ongoing process which is called sanctification.

 

Now let’s study the Bible to find more about Jesus’ Character.

 

  1. Jesus is loving.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.  “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another. John 15:9-17

 

We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19

 

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2

 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

 

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2

 

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

 

  1. Jesus is humble and serving.
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. John 13:1-5

 

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Mark 10:45

 

  1. Jesus is holy.
For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. Hebrews 7:26

 

but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”  1 Peter 1:15-16

 

  1. Jesus is righteous.
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 1 Corinthians 1:30

 

Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 1 John 3:7

 

  1. Jesus is pure.
He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 1 Peter 2:22

 

And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 1 John 3:3-5

 

And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. 1 John 3:3 ESV

 

  1. Jesus is forgiving.
bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:13

 

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  Luke 23:34

 

  1. Jesus is compassionate.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36

 

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

 

  1.  Jesus has endurance.
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. Hebrews 12:2-4

 

  1.  Jesus is obedient and submissive to His Father.
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:8

 

Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. Hebrews 5:8

 

saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” Luke 22:42

 

So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. John 5:19

 

  1. Jesus is patient.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

 

And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 2 Peter 3:15

 

  1. Jesus is committed.
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. John 15:10

 

but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.  John 14:31

 

saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” Luke 22:42

 

  1. Jesus is prayerful.
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, Luke 3:21

 

And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, Matthew 14:23

 

And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. Mark 6:46

 

In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. Luke 6:12

 

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. Mark 1:35

 

But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray. Luke 5:16

 

Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”  Luke 9:18

 

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”  Matthew 26:36

 

And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39

 

Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”  Matthew 26:42

 

So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. Matthew 26:44

 

 And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”  Mark 14:32

 

And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. Mark 14:35

 

And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. Mark 14:39

 

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”  Luke 1:11

 

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, Matthew 19:13

 

  1. Jesus is gentle.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29

 

“Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”
Matthew 21:5

 

I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!— 2 Corinthians 10:1

 

  1. Jesus is kind.
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Luke 6:35

 

so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:7

 

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,  whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, Titus 3:4-6

 

  1. Jesus is good.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,  just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.  No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” John 10:11-18

 

how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. Acts 10:38

 

if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2:3

 

  1. Jesus is faithful.
If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself. 2 Timothy 2:13

 

But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. 2 Thessalonians  3:3

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

 

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

 

He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

 

  1. Jesus is joy.
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:11

 

But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. John 17:13

 

And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.  And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:5-7

 

looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

 

Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. John 16:20-22

 

  1. Jesus is peace.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

 

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

 

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15

 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27

 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

 

  1. Jesus is generous.
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35

 

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

 

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9

 

As it is written,
“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” 2 Corinthians 9:9

 

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand  John 6:1-71

 

  1. Jesus has self-control.
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God,    and him only shall you serve.’”
And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written,
“‘He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,’ 11 and
“‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.
Luke 4:1-13

 

  1. Jesus is gracious and merciful.
And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” Luke 4:22

 

The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Psalm 145:8

 

Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. James 5:11

 

To the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:6

 

Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17

 

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

 

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight. Ephesians 1:7-8

 

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

 

  1. Jesus is sacrifice.
He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2

 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

 

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

 

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2

 

How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Hebrews 9:14

 

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

 

Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28

 

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