What It Means To Be A Christian

Lately, I have been challenged for being a Christian.  People expect perfection.  Yes, I make mistakes.  I have no problem saying “I’m sorry” when I’m in the wrong.  I have never claimed to be perfect.  I am an imperfect being trying my best to live out my life for God.

JUDGING OTHERS
“Being a Christian doesn’t mean I won’t fall…it means Jesus will catch me when I do…”  People forget being a Christian does not mean that we don’t make mistakes.  Sometimes the standards people put on us are unreachable.  The world or even other Christians are quick to judge.  John 7:24 states that we “do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”  The “righteous judgment” is the standards of God.  This does not mean we judge others by our own opinions or by our own standards.

FORGIVENESS
One of areas I am struggling with as a Christian is forgiveness.  “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”  (C.S. Lewis)  Right now, I have to forgive someone who has hurt me.  I am currently struggling with my thoughts and playing the “he/she is wrong, and I am right” game.  Being a Christian is not always easy.  The Bible tells us we are to forgive others, because God has forgiven us.  Luke 11:4 says “we have forgiveness for our sins, as we make free all those who are in debt to us.”

CIRCUMSTANCES DON’T CHANGE ONCE YOUR A CHRISTIAN
Many people think when you become a Christian, your life gets easier.  You have no stressful issues or circumstances arise in your life.  This mentality could not be any further from the truth.  “Being a Christian doesn’t change what you deal with.  It changes how you deal with it.”  John 16:33 states that “in this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  Jesus conquered the world through the cross.  In this verse, it declares that we may have trouble BUT we are overcomers through Christ.  Being a Christian changes our perspective on how we handle difficult circumstances.  We look towards Jesus for the answer and allow Him to give us peace over the matter.  We do not let our words and actions look like the world.  We are set apart by what we do and what we say.

THOUGHTS TO PONDER
Have you examined your life to see whether or not you are living for God?  Does your life reflect who Jesus is?  “If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”

Re-read through these questions above, and evaluate how you live your life.  Are you living for God or for the world?

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “What It Means To Be A Christian

  1. Very true. I know I’m not perfect…I can’t think of a single Christian I know who is. Even looking at someone like, for example, Billy Graham or Mother Teresa, ask them, they would say they had their faults. The difference is we’re trying to follow a Godly example. And our beliefs include living differently than how the rest of the world, the “secular” people live.

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  2. Sorry I have not been in contact April but my Internet and Land line were disconnected for most of this month, hopefully I can now do some catching up.

    very True we will never achieve Worldly perfection, it keeps changing but we are to aim to be Perfected in Love as God asks us to and which is confirmed in the Scripture below. God’s Love within when Perfected means we do not sin we have God’s seed not Adams (1John3:9) the Old has gone the New has come, we are set free but until we are Perfected because God knows we are His, we are forgiven after repentance, Jesus is our Advocate.

    Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore Perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is Perfect.

    Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto Perfection not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,

    2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises dearly beloved let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit Perfecting Holiness in the fear of God.

    2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for Doctrine, for Reproof, for Correction, for Instruction in Righteousness: That the man of God may be Perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

    2 Timothy 2:19-21 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, let every one that nameth the Name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

    1John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made Perfect that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but Perfect Love casteth out fear because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made Perfect in Love. We Love Him because He first Loved us.

    2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be Perfect, be of good comfort be of one mind, live in Peace and the God of Love and Peace shall be with you.

    Christian Love Always – Anne.

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