Thursday, April 19, 2012

Living like Christ.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all just live like Christ did? Peace, harmony, no back stabbing, no gossip, trust, LOVE and friendship.

How many times have you not felt these things in your daily lives? I
nstead we often experience fighting, arguing, slander against us, swearing, war, families torn apart and I can go on and on. Yes, we often do have love and goods things in our lives, but imagine an earth or a live where it was just good and no evil or bad things.

"Is this Possible?", you ask....Well, Yes it is, through living a life of Christ.

We are not going to get away from having evil all around us. Earth is being dominated by evil activities, it’s been like that since the beginning (since the sin of Adam and Eve), what we are called to do though, is to live a life apart from this world. God wants us not to confirm to the activities and evil of this world, but to confirm to His good ways.

" not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.... Romans 12:2

How do we do this? Well, in the New Testament, there are many things that are mentioned which we can do, conform to and live for. Look at 1 Thessalonians 5 12-22 for example:

Dear brothers and sisters, honour those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other. Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people. Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.

Let’s break it down:

  Respect those…over you in the Lord....
  Live in peace with each other....
  Warn those who are idle, (those who are lazy do not earn their keep)
  encourage the timid,
  help the weak, (This doesnt mean just money - We can use time!)
  be patient with everyone….
  always try to be kind....
  Be joyful always;
  pray continually; (no specific way, talk to God, always, eyes open/closed doesn’t matter)
  give thanks in all circumstances...
  Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; (The Holy Spirit, God in us)
  do not treat prophecies with contempt. (But also don’t trust any false prophets)
  Test everything. (Does it align with the Word of God?)
  Hold on to the good.
  Avoid every kind of evil.

The commands of Christ are real. They are not commands like in the Old Testament that when not followed, they led to punishment. Commands from Christ are how He wants us to live. The Spirit of God leads us to become more like Him. This Spirit, which is God in us, will help us do all the things that we are commanded to do BUT we have to want to follow Christ. We have to want Him in our lives, we have to believe that the commands that Jesus laid down are real and most of all, we have to really believe that Jesus Christ is our one and only Saviour.

We need to invite the Spirit into our hearts. Do it today, do it everyday, do it for Christ, do it for yourselves, do it for your families, do it for your salvation and do it because that is what is right.

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Gal. 5:22-23). This is the product of a heart devoted to God. "Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires" (v. 24).

Pray now to God and invite His Spirit!


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