Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new – 1st Corinthians 5:17.
A Christian should live a holy life that reflects the nature of God, who saved him or her. They should separate themselves from actions, influences, or people that will contaminate them through their behavior and ungodly influences. Christians should apply the Biblical principals of separation and avoid what is prohibited by the written Word of God, but how can one adhere to what they don’t know? Whether one knows or not, he or she will be judged by how they lived their lives. God gave us His written instructions through the Bible, its the responsibility of every professing Christian to read and study it.
When a person truly accepts salvation he or she is changed in their heart which will bring about a change in their spirit, behavior, and character. No longer will they use profanity, no longer will they have hatred and envy. When the heart and spirit are changed the person is revolving into the image of their Creator. When salvation is truly accepted immediately there will be a change in the heart and spirit and although the person can’t see the change, they can feel the change inwardly. As they continue to give themselves to God the more they will feel Him and hear Him.
No longer will they be lead by their desires, but they will be lead by the Spirit of God. The only way we can serve God is in spirit and in truth. When people are born of the Spirit they can commune with God anywhere. Spirit is the opposite of what is material and earthly. Jesus makes worship a matter of the heart. What’s in the heart will eventually speak through the mouth and behavior of the person. Truth is what is in harmony with the nature and will of God. It is the opposite of all that is false.
The Fruit of the Spirit should be manifesting through those who profess to be Christians, love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. This Fruit is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that can only be produced by God! For this fruit to develop, all nine aspects of the fruit of the Spirit must mature. As one yield themselves to the instructions of the Word of God the more these fruits will mature until it will be no more I but the Christ that lives within them.
If a Christian is doing and saying the same thing as a non-believer he or she has not truly given themselves to God, when His Spirit comes within a person He makes changes the person will no more think or act the same. One that has truly become a Christians can’t go weeks and months without praying and reading God’s Word. He or she is willing to submit to what the written Word of God is instructing.
A true Christian loves at all times, during the good the bad and the ugly. Whatever is going on in their lives will not be taken out on their brother or sister. Fault-find and criticizing is not in them; when they are persecuted because of righteousness they will not strike back, but they will pray for the individual and allow God to handle them. They forgive and release those who have harmed or offended them. Profanity is not in their vocabulary neither is fornication and adultery.
When one has truly given themselves to God and His Son they don’t have to tell anyone. Those that know them will see and hear the change. The presence of God will be in the individual to make them more in the image of Him. Take time to check yourself with the Word of God; every Christian will find themselves somewhere in the Bible where they will need improvement. We don’t get perfected until God’s breath leaves our body and we go home to be with the Lord. In the meantime, while we’re here, we are lining ourselves with the Word of God. What He says to do, we do, what He says don’t do we don’t.
We fellowship with Him in prayer and reading His Word. He speaks to us through His Word. This is sowing into our spirit which means to live by His enabling help in accord with the Spirit’s prompting and leading, thus cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit. We as Christians don’t act like the non-believer neither do we speak as the non-believer. The more we stay in contact with the Father the more we will become more like Him and His Son. When He looks upon us, He wants to see the reflection of His Son manifesting through us.