Example of the Father
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven – Matthew 5:16.
Daily we should be an example to the unbelievers of our commitment to God through our behavior, actions, and words. The Bible states we’re a peculiar meaning we act differently from the unbelievers. We give love when love is not deserved, we pray for those who persecute and take our kindness and love for granted.
We don’t use profanity, we don’t fornicate or commit adultery if we’re truly the children of God. We examine ourselves by the Word of God, not by those who profess they are Christians. In today’s time many are professing to be Christians, but when looking at the fruit they produce, it does not line up with the Word of God. Jesus taught His disciples what He had learned from the Father; the disciples taught others what they had learned and admonished followers of Jesus to live a life that would exemplify their professions as Christians (I BESEECH you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service-Romans 12:1). The body includes the whole person, not just certain portions of the body. Every part of our body should be presented to God.
We have been instructed to be filled with fruits of righteousness (Being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ unto glory and praise of God – Philippians 1:11). The believer who is pure and without offense before God has divinely developed in him or her a practical righteousness that measures up to God’s standards of character and conduct. As we grow in our Christian faith we grow into sanctification which includes all denominations, not just a certain group of Christians. Sanctification means to be set-apart; the Holy Spirit attempts to make the believer holy and spiritual which will cause them to reflect the character of God. First, the believer is forgiven and set apart to God at his or her conversion. Secondly, the believer is constantly being set apart from sin when he or she utilizes the means of grace; the Word, prayer, and fasting.
As Christians, we should grow spiritually; just as a child grows into adult naturally, Christians should grow into being spiritual adults, if not, there is a disformity or carnality. As a Christians grow, the Fruit of the Spirit which is God’s Spirit will begin to be manifested in and through them. The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. Every professing Christians should be exemplifying one of these characteristics of God. When these characteristics are on display; we are showing the unbeliever what our heavenly Father is like. God uses Christians to show Himself through. We should examine ourselves daily to see who are we representing!