In all your Christian activities, don't lose sight of the loving example of Christ as the primary motive. If we have a Savior who so loved us by dying for us, how can we not imitate that same love to others?
How often are you looking up and beholding Christ as you go about your day? Do you look to Christ in all that you do? There are some Christians in the innermost circle who keep their eyes on the life-giving rays...
The world is not going to be drawn to Christ by seeing Christians live just as worldly as they can. They'll be drawn to Christ by seeing a new life and radical change that Christ has so wonderfully worked in us.
One of the effects of believing that the creation account in the Bible took a long time is that it makes God look like a God who acts slowly. But every Christian knows that we don't need a God who acts slow; we need a mighty God who can act immediately on our behalf.
As Christians, we have the high calling of imitating God and loving others as Christ loved us. But we must never forget that our obedience must come from the reality that we're now God's beloved children.
Married men: don't pretend to have a glowing testimony in the church when you have wicked outbursts of anger against your wife. Don't try to hide it or justify it, but rather confess it and put it to death.
We are called to put on the new man, and another essential quality that characterizes the new man is to be a giver and not a taker. We need to put off stealing; but it is not enough to stop stealing, we need to also start giving.
And why do people lie? You don't have to think too hard about it. It's not rocket science here. If you want to boil it down, it comes down to this - it comes down to this desire: Man loves himself. It's selfish what's...
The Bible calls us to put off the old man with his practices, and one practice, in particular, is lying. Interestingly, one of the reasons Paul tells us to put off lying is because we are members of one another.
So much of the Christian life consists of the mind being renewed and working properly. We must not settle for mere outward imitation and external conformity; we must be renewed in the spirit of our minds.