Monday, December 27, 2010

Marks of the True Christian

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be conceited. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay says the Lord." To the contrary, "if your neighbor is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:9-21

I was reading this passage in my bible reading last night, and I must confess that I have a long way to go in most of these areas. But we should do our best as Christians to live lives that are marked by these attributes.

3 comments:

Michaela ~ said...

Very encouraging!! Thanks so much for posting. :)

Ana said...

Isn't it wonderful, although these are hard attributes and we fail so often, God is willing to help us become as He has commanded us to be?! What a loving and gracious God.

Adam said...

I needed to hear that. Thanks Brother