Ten Characteristics of Jesus Christ and How to Develop Them

Jesus taught, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Though none of us are perfect, we can all look to the life of Jesus Christ as an example of what we should strive for. 

Jesus Christ invites all to come unto Him and find strength

As you study these ten characteristics of Jesus Christ and try to develop them, you will be able to find true happiness and peace.

1

Faithful

To be faithful is to hope for and act on things which are not seen, which are true (Alma 32:21). Jesus Christ did all things by faith in God. He even performed mighty miracles such as walking on water.

He asks us to show faith in Him and His purposes by trusting Him and keeping His commandments.

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Jesus Christ lifts Peter out of the water after having just walked on the seas

Jesus Christ walks on water, and bids Peter to come unto Him. (2:06)

2

Prayerful

We can communicate directly with our Father in Heaven through prayer. Jesus Christ prayed often for his friends and enemies. He also prayed for help during trials. Through prayer, we can have access to that same divine assistance. We can follow the Savior’s example by praying daily, expressing thanks and seeking heavenly help.

3

Patient

The Savior was always patient with His disciples as they learned how to follow Him. He is also patient with us as we figure things out on our own time. We can follow His example by exercising patience with others and ourselves in our efforts to improve.

4

Loving

Jesus Christ loves everyone with a perfect love. We can show love to others each day through small and simple acts of kindness. Each time we reach out to another in love, we reflect the pure love of Christ.

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Jesus Christ teaches His disciples the greatest commandment

Jesus declares the first and great commandment is to love God with all your heart. (1:51)

5

Humble

To be humble is to gratefully recognize our constant need for God’s support. Jesus is our greatest example of humility. He always acknowledged that His strength came from God, saying, “I can of my own self do nothing. ... I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me” (John 5:30). We can humble ourselves by trusting in God and gratefully looking to Him for help.

6

Obedient

The Savior was perfectly obedient to all of God’s commandments. He promises, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love” (John 15:10). We become more obedient one good choice at a time, as we strive to follow God’s commandments and repent whenever we fall short.

7

Giving

Jesus Christ always “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). He healed the sick, befriended sinners, and taught His gospel to everyone. To be like Him, we should open our eyes and hearts to the needs of others and seek to give meaningful service each day.

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Jesus Christ walking through a field invites all to come unto Him

Come unto the Savior of all humankind. (1:30)

8

Virtuous

Jesus Christ is pure and virtuous. If we are to try to be virtuous like the Savior, we must do our best to avoid sin and repent often. No matter your past, choose to live virtuously today.

9

Wise

In the New Testament, we read that from early on in His life, “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52). Wisdom comes to all of us little by little. We can increase in wisdom by studying the scriptures and praying for understanding.

10

Forgiving

Even while He was suffering on the cross, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). God wants us to sincerely forgive those who have wronged us. Though this can be difficult, it frees us and allows us to find peace and mercy. God will help us find the strength to forgive others.

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