What Would Jesus Do? (WWJD)

One of the most powerful tools for self-reflection is the idea of “What Would Jesus Do?” (WWJD). It will help you in your quest to lead a life that is driven by truth. You should use it as a behavioural guide, and as a standard for living well. There is no denying that asking and answering this question can have a positive impact on all aspects of your life. Your ability to answer the question depends on the extent to which you know the Lord. You need to become so intimate with Jesus, that you know what the master would want in this situation.

The Roman Catholic Church emphasizes the concept of Imitatio Christi (Imitation of Christ), which is well summarized by the English phrase “What Would Jesus Do”? As we imitate Christ and grow in intimacy. We get to that place of knowledge and truth. You ponder “What Would Jesus Do?”, because you are trying to operate as Jesus would. In 1766, John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, proposed the concept of Christian perfection. This is a point in a Christian’s life when the Holy Spirit’s regeneration results in a “perfection in love”. Which means that you are motivated by the love of God and neighbour. With no taint of sin or ulterior motives in effect. In this state, you are able to access the truth hidden in every situation. It is the single most powerful emotion killer.

Intimacy will lead to imitation. We imitate the people that are closest to us. It often happens without our conscious efforts. There is a need to highlight the fact that it is the Holy Spirit within us that brings us into intimacy with the spirit of Christ. When you embrace your mission of imitating Christ, emotions will no longer drive you. You will no longer crave the reward associated with the happiness emotion. You will not attempt to avoid punishment (the sad emotion). Additionally, your stress levels, which are fuelled by fear and anger, reduces.

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