October 13

What it means to be a Christian

2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

A Christian is a sacrificial giver
Christianity is not just simply receiving. It involves constant and deep sacrificial giving.
Though, this giving stems from what we have received, a sense of giving will greatly help in our Christian walk.

For instance, Christian marriage is not guaranteed divorce insurance. Shocked? It’s true. Recent studies reveal that Christians are divorcing at a higher rate than their non-Christian counterparts.

If, by facing the truth, we come to understand that a successful Christian marriage requires more than just exchanging vows with someone who goes to church and claims to follow Jesus, we just might discover the real principles and benefits of Christ-like living that make a happy home. Here are three of those principles.

Of Himself, Jesus said, “Even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45. True followers of Jesus live sacrificed lives and practice the principles of service that characterized His life. Christians don’t “look out for number one.” They look out for the needs and concerns for others—including their spouse and children. Philippians 2:3, 4. This is because an “it’s all about me “attitude can destroy a marriage, it’s easy to see how an “it’s all about you” attitude practiced by both partners will bless a marriage.

A Christian walks and lives in forgiveness
Since we have received forgiveness for our sins from God, we, in turn, are to “be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave us.” Ephesians 4:32. When we forgive the slights and mistakes of those who share our lives, hard feelings, grudges, and vendettas don’t have the chance to fester and become deep wounds that won’t heal. The two most powerful words uttered in a happy home are “I’m sorry.” Use them often.
When, with our Christian stand, we begin to align our lives with the principles of the Words of Christ sent by God, then and only then, would we be Christians of advantage to the world that constantly needs our light.

A Christian has divine help
In a Christian home, one plus one equals three. God is the unseen partner in the union, and His power to love, forgive, and heal is abundantly available to the couple who prays for and with each other. This one benefit alone provides the best defence against unfaithfulness, selfishness, and abuse. God’s presence in the marriage—not church attendance or mere religious practice—
will bring happiness and the kind of home we all dream about.

When we walk in the light of who we are as Christians and live from the vantage position of our identity in Christ, then victory in our home, relationship, business and work is guaranteed.


For further study:
Galatians 5:22-24

Personal declaration for the day:
I am living and practicing Christianity daily.

Questions for you to reflect on:
What does your behaviour reflect?