Characteristics Of A Christian
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him – James 1:12.
Temptation comes to the believer just as it does to the nonbeliever. The difference between the Christian and the nonbeliever is the Christian does not allow his or her emotions or physical cravings to dominate.
Christians are different from nonbelievers; it does mean they will not go through some of the things that nonbelievers go through, but they have the Spirit of God to enable them to go through tests, trials, and temptations.
Christians are to be an example of their heavenly Father, yet many are living a double lifestyle. Their actions are those of the nonbeliever. Their actions cause nonbelievers to think what their doing is right, or they bunch all the Christians in one bunch as hypocrites because they see the lifestyle of a carnal Christian.
Christians are in this world, but they are not of this world according to Scripture (They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world – John 17:16). Christians’ hearts and spirits have been changed by the Spirit of Jesus living in their hearts, and the Father living within their spirit. If a person is still living the way they were before accepting salvation, either they didn’t receive salvation, or they have not allowed the Son and the Father to create them in the image of God.
Without an understanding of what Jesus accomplished at the Cross of Calvery regarding our daily living, we will never be able to obtain a victorious life without practicing sin. The same faith that got us into the family of God is the same faith that will keep us in the family of God.
Jesus didn’t die for us to continue in sin. He has empowered the believer to live a Christian life if they desire to do so (According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue – 2nd Peter 1:3). The problem is many Christians know of Him but don’t know Him, there is a difference between hearing and knowing.
In knowing Him, we will know what is expected of us as Christians. Just like a child who know their parents, they are aware of what their parents expect of them, and they try to live up to their expectations. If we can do it for our earthly parent, why can’t we do it for our heavenly Father?
The parent knows the child, and the child knows the parent; they take the time to learn them. Many Christians don’t take the time to learn of their Father by reading and studying His Word. God loves everyone. He does not pick and choose who He will love and those He will not love. God loves the person, not the sin their committing.
God is forgiving; He does not hold our sins against us when we ask for forgiveness and repent of our sins. When people hurt us, the majority of the time, we don’t forgive them, and we keep a list of what they have done to us rather than forgiving them as God has forgiven us. This is one of the qualities of a Christian.
Christians’ characteristics should be humility, meekness, patience, love, and forgiveness. The Fruit of the Spirit should be on display: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. The Fruit of the Spirit can be produced only by God, no matter how one may try to fake it. What is real will always be on display when faking it; if someone catches you at a bad moment, the real you will show up rather than the Christian.
People are not easy to deal with, whether they are Christians or nonbelievers, but the Spirit of the living God that lives within us will enable us to deal with people with patience and kindness. We must demonstrate grace toward others because God has done the same with us on countless occasions.
Christians do not spiritually discriminate because one is another denomination. Whatever the denomination is, we all should live a holy lifestyle according to Scripture. We’re the body of Christ, and we should live in harmony with one another.
How can we win the world if we are busy fighting against one another? The Bible is the written instructions for every Christian, and they are to live according to the instructions. Pray, fast, read, and study the Bible, then apply the instructions to your life daily.