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Example of Jesus Christ

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Jesus Christ sets his disciples an example, especially in servanthood, self-denial and endurance of suffering, so that they may become like him.

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Jesus Christ calls believers to follow his example

John 13:14–16 NASB95
“If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. “For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. “Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him.
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The qualities of Jesus Christ which set an example for believers

Self-denial

Philippians 2:4–5 NASB95
do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
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Endurance of suffering

1 Peter 2:21–23 NASB95
For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;
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Service

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Faithfulness

Hebrews 3:1–2 NASB95
Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house.

Love

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Patience

1 Timothy 1:16 NASB95
Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.

Forgiveness of others

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Gentleness and humility

Matthew 11:29 NASB95
“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Purity

1 John 3:3 NASB95
And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

Prayer

Luke 11:1 NASB95
It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”

God wants his people to follow Jesus Christ’s example and be conformed to his image

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Those who followed Jesus Christ’s example

Paul; the converts in Thessalonica; Stephen is following the example set by Jesus Christ in Lk 23:34.
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