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The True Christian's "Be-hive"
Quietly, thoughtfully, read these texts. They teach us a lesson. The lesson is simple to understand, but hard to practise and master. It is this: being a true Christian is not a matter of what you do, but what you are. Copying the actions of a true Christian will never make you a genuine Christian. You will be only a pretend Christian, an imitation. We must learn how to be hive as a Christian.
The lesson is simple, but hard. The true Christian life is to:
Be Content. Hebrews 13:5
Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you."
Be Obedient. Hebrews 13:17
Obey your leaders, and submit to them; for they keep watch over your souls
Be Renewed. Ephesians 4:23
Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.
Be Repentant. Acts 3:19
Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
Be Thankful. Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Be Gentle. 2 Timothy 2:24
And the Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth.
Be Loving in Deed. 1 Corinthians 16:14
Let all that you do be done in love.
Be Courteous. 1 Peter 3:8&9
Be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.
Be Careful. 1 Corinthians 3:8-10
We are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But let each man be careful how he builds upon it.
Be Gracious and Forgiving. Mat 18:21&22
Then Peter came and said to Him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven."
Be Vigilant. 1 Peter 5:8
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Be Glad. 1 Peter 4:13
But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
Be Reconciled to God. 2 Chronicles 5:20
We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Be Worthy of the Gospel. Philippians 1:27
Let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ.
Be Strong. Colossians 1:11
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.
And many more. But I am sure that we get the idea. In summary: being a true Christian is not a matter of what we do, no matter how good we are at it, Being a genuine Christian is a matter of being what we are. What we are determines what we will do. Others will read our character and find us out. We can only become a genuine Christian when we trust what Jesus who was raised from the dead, has done for us upon the cross, some 2,000 years ago.
Thought for the Month
"I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess."
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