Faith & Life: Behave Like a Christian


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Behave Like a Christian

Loving Others Without Hypocrisy

by J.M. Troppello


I try not to spend too much time on social media these days. I usually post the link for my magazine’s daily post on the 12 different social media platforms that I have accounts on for marketing purposes. I sometimes scroll through the feed on Twitter and Instagram. However, I try not to spend too much time doing that since that can easily become a huge waste of my time.


It saddens me that I see many people who claim to be Christians (as it says in their profile bios) not acting like Christ. Now, this is not meant to be a preachy article. I mess up and swear. When my laptop freezes up and things keep going wrong, I get an attitude and sometimes act like a crazy lady! Just ask my husband. He can attest to that!


Yet, I truly try to be a better witness – as much as possible – in my online interactions and with my interactions with other people. Yes, that takes work. However, it is worth it if that becomes a witness for the Lord.


9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:9-21, NKJV)

I love this passage of Scripture from Romans 12:9-21. The title in my NKJV version says: Behave Like a Christian.


Wow! Those four words should be a daily reminder to all of us who claim to be Christians. Yes, inflation is continually on the rise. Life seems to be getting worse each day. You may not particularly like our current President and the direction that our country is going in.


I don’t like those things either. But, as the darkness continues to envelop this world, shouldn’t that mean that our lights as Christians should sign brighter? At least, that’s what I think could make a difference in this world.


One main point that stands out from this passage of Scripture in Romans is to let love be without hypocrisy. Don’t be a hypocrite. Why would you call all Democrats ‘demonrats’ or all liberals ‘libtards?’


Okay, so maybe you haven’t said those things to people that you disagree with. However, I’ve seen this running rampant on social media for years.


You are never going to be a good witness for Christ to the unsaved in this world if you are acting just like them. It won’t work. Remember that the word Christ is the basis for the word Christian.


If you are a Christian, you are saved by God’s grace.


However, you are also supposed to be living for Him each day. You need to be a witness in this lost and fallen world. Again, believe me, I am not preaching to you. I include myself in this message. Let’s trust God to guide our steps each day and imitate Christ as we let His light shine through into this world of darkness.



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

About the Author


JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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