Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Mark of a True, Maturing Christian

One of the marks of a Christian is the desire to help others. Because Christ has changed the believer's heart, given him a new nature, and resides in him by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, that believer longs to see Christ and His character put on display through himself, craves to see hurting people helped, and yearns to see broken people transformed into whole, healed, children of God. The Christian's supreme need is to see Christ glorified.

With Christ being the spiritual life source of a Christian, the fruit produced by a Christian should be love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.

How do you react to someone in need? Do you yearn to help, or do you look the other way? Do you assume that the one in need is a user looking for a handout, selfish, a whiner or having a pity party, or do you look for an opportunity to show the compassion of Christ? Does Christ work through you, or do you get in His way? How you react will show you what's inside of you.

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