Self Sufficient Christianity

If you take a look at people who profess to be followers of Christ when they are not in a religious setting such as a church service I would be willing to bet you would find a group of people whose spirituality and religious practices are kept to themselves, for the most part. We as a society have lost the ability and willingness to share what we view about the God who created us and what He wants from the people who follow him. This “sensitive subject” along with others has taken a spot on the top shelf only to be neglected, which has led to our society being pushed further and further away from God. How can we as followers of Christ share the blessings that are found in Christ if we are unable to discuss the things that set Christians apart from the world? We need to open up communication based in love that does not have fear of how people will react. Scripture tells us that perfect love casts out all fear. If you speak in a way that is rooted in God’s love then you have no need to be concerned how others will take it. But Christianity is not only between you and God. It never has been and it never will be. Christianity is just as much about your relationship with God as it is about your relationships with the people you come in contact with each day. In order to please God we must have Godly relationships with those around us even when they do not treat us in a Godly way. Spreading the Gospel does not start at your local church, it starts with you personally. Live life interacting with those around you in such a way that they would not only see that you are set apart from this world but that they would also want to imitate your influence on them.

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:29-32

“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” Luke 6:31

“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:8-12

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:12-14

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