How Should A Christian Live
As a Christian, I know it’s important to live by the tenets of my faith. But sometimes, these tenets can be vague or confusing. Then how should a Christian live?
In God’s love we live, move and have our being. (Acts 17:28).
It is important to realize that God’s love is everywhere and everything. As believers in Christ, we live in God’s love as we move through this world. We have been given the gift of eternal life with him (John 3:16). We are loved by our Heavenly Father, who has given us his only son so that we might be saved from sin and death (John 3:16-18).
As Christians it is important to remember that God loves us regardless of what we do or say or think. So when you feel like giving up on yourself or others, just stop for a moment and ask yourself “How much does God love me?”
And have you forgotten the exhortation which addresses you as sons? (Heb. 12:5)
We, as Christians, are called to live as sons of God. God is our father. When you think about it, this is quite an amazing concept. But what does it mean for us?
God is our Father in the family of man, but he also transcends that space and time and becomes your Father in the family of God and even more so in the family of the universe. You might say, “Well that’s all well and good” or “That’s a nice thought but how does this apply to me?” Here’s how:
We are to be like our heavenly Father (Matt. 5:44-45)
You are to love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Pray for those who persecute you (Matt. 5:44-45). One of the best examples of this is Jesus when He prayed for those who were crucifying Him and said “Father forgive them they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
Love your enemies, even as Christ loved us; it was a perfect love that caused Him to die for us while we were yet sinners (Rom 5:8-9).
The world does not know what true love is because their view of love is self serving rather than self sacrificing. True Christian love is always unselfish and seeks the best interest of others over oneself
Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbour (1 Cor. 10:24)
Christians are called to seek the good of others before their own. The Apostle Paul wrote “Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth” (1 Corinthians 10:24).
This is a foundational principle for living out our Christian faith in a way that honors God and pleases Him. It means that we are called to be willing to serve others without thought of recompense or personal gain, simply because it is the right thing to do for those around us. We should always be seeking ways to show love and kindness towards those around us – not just when it is convenient or easy, but even in times when we feel inconvenienced by doing so.
We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Eph. 2:10)
We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Eph. 2:10).
This means that you were created for a purpose and designed to achieve it. Just like God created the world, He has a purpose for you. Your life is part of God’s plan, and your job is to fulfill it by doing good works and walking in them (doing them).
We hold this treasure in earthen vessels that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves (2 Cor. 4:7)
We know that we have received this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves. For we are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh
(2 Cor. 4:7-11).
The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it (Psa. 24:1)
You are the Lord’s.
When you choose to follow Christ, you become His property. You belong to Him and therefore must live your life in a way that glorifies Him.
God created everything on this earth and gave man dominion over it (Genesis 1:26). God also gave man dominion over himself and his fellow men (Genesis 1:28), but not without guidelines (Exodus 20:1-17). The Lord is the owner of all the earth and everything in it, including us; therefore, we have been given the right by Him to use it for our benefit and enjoyment as long as we use it responsibly according to His will (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 4:12). We are stewards of what God has given us; He expects us to manage His goods wisely so they produce fruitfulness for His glory alone (Matthew 25:14–30).
For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You (I Chron. 29:14b)
God is the source of all things. He created us with a purpose and has blessed us with every good thing we have. The Bible says, “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10). God wants you to be generous with the gifts he has given you—and those gifts include money!
The book of Proverbs tells us that “the liberal soul shall be made fat” (Prov. 11:25) and that “he who waters will himself be watered” (Prov. 11:28). That means that if you give generously in this life, God will bless your generosity in return! You can expect him to provide for all your needs—including those extra expenses associated with giving generously. Remember what Jesus said: “Give and it will be given to you; good measure pressed down shaken together running over they shall pour into your lap” (Luke 6:38).
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you (Deut 16:17b)
Giving is a privilege, a responsibility, and a personal decision. It can be joyous, it can be burdensome. It’s grace, but it may also be a sacrifice. Giving is both duty and trust: you’re trusting God to provide for your needs through your giving; likewise you’re trusting others to use the money wisely.
Giving is everything from tithes (10%) all the way up to offerings (more than 10%). The Bible says that every man shall give as he is able according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you (Deut 16:17b).
Live in love with God, self and others
In the Old Testament, the Bible says that you should love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. In the New Testament it says that we are supposed to love our neighbour as ourselves. It also says that Christians should love their enemies and pray for those who persecute them and despitefully use them (Matthew 5:43-48).
In summary: The way Christians live is by studying God’s word (the Bible), following Jesus’ example of loving others and praying for those who don’t know Him yet.
It is only by the grace of God that we can live as Christians, but He has given us this gift so that we may have life in abundance. There are no perfect people, and Christ is the one who saved us from sin, not our own righteousness.
We should strive to be more like Him every day and be willing to give up everything for the sake of His Kingdom. The Bible gives us many examples throughout Scripture about how God told His people to live their lives according to His plan—and it still applies today!”